June 30, 2018, My San Antonio: A suicide epidemic comes into focus https://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/A-suicide-epidemic-comes-into-focus-13038487.php It’s not just a stat, it’s a life on the brink. More than 12 percent of Texas high school students attempted suicide in 2017, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s much higher than the national average of about 7 percent, and it’s a marked increase from 2013 when 10 percent of Texas high school students attempted suicide…. Whatever forces are driving this unsettling trend, the data for Texas youth are particularly troubling. More than 34 percent of Texas high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless in 2017. Nearly 18 percent of Texas high school students seriously considered committing suicide. Nearly 15 percent have made a plan to do so. And, as we noted earlier, more than 12 percent attempted suicide…. In responding to the tragic mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in May, Gov. Greg Abbott called for better addressing mental health issues in schools. He has called for creating two classes of school counselors. One would focus on academics and the other would focus on mental health.