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Oregon: "The kids are increasingly not all right"

Dec 30. 2017, The Oregonian: Oregon teens struggle with mental health more than ever, according to state survey http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2017/12/oregon_teens_struggle_with_men.html In Oregon, the kids are increasingly not all right. A report from the Oregon Health Authority shows that middle- and high school-aged children feel they struggle more with mental illness and cope less well with the stress of their lives than was the case as recently as two years ago. Compared with 2015 and particularly 2013, more eighth- and 11th- graders reported they have unmet mental health needs on the biennial Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. … A quarter of eighth-graders said their emotional or mental health was fair or poor. A third of 11th- graders did. At the same time, fewer students reported that they know how to cope with everyday stress and anxiety -- a measure of resiliency that officials use to take the mental temperature of Oregon teens. More than 40 percent of students in both grades survey did not meet the state's benchmark for coping ability. About a third said they felt so sad and hopeless, they had stopped doing normal activities. Up to 18 percent said they had contemplated suicide. Nearly 9 percent of eighth graders reported they had in fact attempted suicide in the last year and 7 percent of 11th graders did. ...