As Teen Suicide Rates Climb, Texas Legislators Discuss Mental Health Services In Schools

The number of Texas teens who have considered suicide is well above the national average.

By Claire McInernyJuly 5, 2018 9:30 am| , , ,

From KUT:

Twelve percent of teenagers in Texas said they attempted suicide in 2017, according to a report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s higher than the national average of 7 percent.

Seventeen percent of ninth- through 12th-graders surveyed in Texas said they seriously considered suicide last year, and 14 percent said they had made a plan for how to do it.

When it comes to LGBTQ teens in Texas, the rates are significantly higher: 42 percent said they had seriously considered suicide.

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