Survey brings to light student depression

11:04 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A state survey shows that fewer Maine students are drinking and smoking but that many are struggling with depression.

The Maine Department of Education says its annual survey of Maine 5-12 grade students in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services shows a decline in the use of alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, chewing tobacco, illegal prescription pills and inhalants among students in all grades.

But the survey says more than 14 percent of high school students and nearly 17 percent of seventh and eighth graders said they've considered committing suicide.

It also reports an increase in the percentage of students who say they've been bullied in school.

More than 63,000 students responded to the survey in 2013.


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