Local Data Shows Need for Mental Health Support for Youth
Recent analysis of the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) data shows that there continues to be a high percentage of students reporting suicidal ideation, with 22% of girls and 13% of boys saying they had considered attempting suicide. Local hospital data shows a steady increase between 2009 – 2015 in emergency room visits due to adolescent (age 12-17) suicide or intentional self-inflicted injuries. This follows a broader trend in recent years across the country that shows an increase in students experiencing mental health issues. The need for mental health support emerged as a top priority in the four CCCS surveyed neighborhoods in South City, North Fair Oaks/Redwood City, East Palo Alto and Daly City. Close to 1,000 youth and caregivers were surveyed in those communities to determine the top 5 community needs to lead to children’s success. We will continue to do all we can to support student mental health and wellness through school and community based strategies such as supporting implementation of Restorative Justice Practices to improve school climate.