Mental Health Concerns for California's 7th, 9th, & 11th Graders

The California Health Kids Survey recently released a report on the 2011-2013 data collected from students in grades 7, 9 and 11 from a randomly selected pool of 109 secondary schools in the state, representative of California's demographics.

When asked about mental health issues, the survey found that:

  • 33% of 11th grade students reported feeling sad or hopeless in the last 12 months;
  • 31% of 9th grade students reported feeling sad or hopeless in the last 12 months; and
  • 25% of 7th grade students reported feeling sad or hopeless in the last 12 months.

The survey also found that 17% of 11th graders and 19% of 9th graders had seriously considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months. [ref]

Additionally, 34% of students surveyed have experienced bullying one or more times. [ref]

To read the full report, click California Healthy Kids Survey