2013 MT Youth Behavior Survey shows Depressed Mood Among Youth

2013 Montana High School Student Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) conducted by the Office of Public Instruction and the Center for Disease Control. assists educators and health professionals in determining the prevalence of health-risk behaviors as self-reported by Montana youth. Some of the most alarming statistics focus on depressed mood and suicide risk. This survey shows mental health services are needed.

For a complete copy of this survey go to: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/YRBS/13/Trend/13TrendReport_Graphs.pdf
To access more information on mental health issues for youth from Mental Health America, just for teens go to: http://mpoweryouth.org/411.htm

Have ever been physically forced to have sexual intercourse when they did not want to8.7%

Have ever been bullied on school property during the past 12 months26.3%

Have ever been electronically bullied during the past 12 months18.1%

Felt so sad or hopeless for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some activities during the past 12 months.26.4%

Seriously considered attempting suicide during the past 12 months16.8%

Actually attempted suicide in the past 12 months7.9%

Had at least one drink of alcohol during their life70,5%

Used marijuana during their life39.2%

Have taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription (such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax)16.2%

Described themselves as slightly or very overweight<\td>27.7%

Went without eating for 24 hours or more to lose or keep from gaining weight in past 30 days11.7%

Vomited or took laxatives to lose weight or to keep from gaining weight in past 30 days4.4%