Blaine, WA: 7-14% of middle school kids tried to kill themselves in the past year

Dec 20, 2017, Bellingham, WA, Northern Light: Community grapples with youth mental health crisis In a 2016 survey, between 8.6 and 13.6 percent of Blaine students in grades 8, 10 and 12 reported they’d tried to kill themselves in the past year. Even more had considered suicide or made a plan to kill themselves. Statistics on youth suicide and depression have grown grimmer throughout the state in the last 10 years, but the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey results reveal that problems may be especially severe in the Blaine school district. … In the survey, 26 percent of Blaine 10th graders and 30 percent of 12th graders reported considering suicide in the past year. Twenty percent of 12th graders in the state reported considering suicide –10 percentage points fewer than in Blaine.