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Education Week: 22% of SPED students have considered suicide: SURVEY

Dec 16, 2019, Education Week: 1 in 7 Students Report Having Seriously Considered Suicide, Survey Finds http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2019/12/students_report_having_seriously_considered_suicide_survey_finds.html One in seven students between the ages of 10 and 18 report they had seriously considered attempting suicide in the 12 months prior to taking an online survey, a new analysis shows. But for students who are in special education and those who do not identify as either male or female, those numbers were even higher. Twenty-two percent of special education students report having seriously considered attempting suicide while 21 percent of students who do not identify has either male or female said they had seriously contemplated taking their own lives in the year prior to responding to the survey. The numbers come from YouthTruth, a nonprofit group that surveys students. For this particular analysis, YouthTruth polled 70,000 students in grades 5-12 from public schools in 18 states. The surveys took place online between 2012 and 2019. While still relatively rare, suicide is the second most common cause of death among American youths after accidents, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it's on the rise. … ________________________________________ ________________________________________ Special education students, as well as low-income students, are more likely to say that they have an adult at school they can talk to when they are having problems….

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