More teens have thoughts of suicide in state

    Kodiak, Alaska (KINY) A youth survey had startling results when it asked about teen's attitudes toward suicide in Alaska.

    The 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey released this month found that 23 percent of Alaska high school students seriously considered attempting suicide during the past year, an increase of 17 percent of those surveyed in 2011.

    The survey also found that teens who had made a plan to attempt suicide in the past year had increased from 14 to 21 percent.  The percentage of students who felt hopeless or sad on a regular basis increased from 27 to 36 percent.

    The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is part of a national surveillance system developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with assessing and addressing the health risks of youth. It is conducted in Alaska every other year by the Department of Education & Early Development and the Department of Health and Social Services in cooperation with public high schools.

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