ABC7 Chicago: 16% of high school students have considered attempting suicide

Feb 4, 2018, ABC7 Chicago: Newsviews: Mental health resources for children Nearly 16 percent of Illinois high school students report that they've seriously considered attempting suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports that approximately one in five children ages 13 to 18 experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their life. So, how do parents know if their child is struggling with mental health issues? And if they are, what kind of help is available? Nanette Silva, program director for the Community Memorial Foundation; Ryan Alderman, director of integrated behavioral health with Pillars Community Health; and Ian Andrews, a recovery support specialist with NAMI metro suburban, visited ABC7 to talk about the issue.