Results of the 2011 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), a collaborative project of the New Mexico Departments of Health and Public Education, reveal a decrease in the rates of several important health risk behaviors among the state’s public high school students. The prevalence of suicide attempts, cigarette smoking, binge drinking, and physical fighting have decreased significantly in recent years. At the same time, New Mexico has seen an upward trend in the rate of students who are obese. Caring and supportive relationships between high school students and their parents or guardians, teachers, peers, and adults in their communities continue to be strongly associated with lower rates of alcohol, drug, or tobacco use, violent acts, and suicide attempts.
Green, D; L Penaloza; and Courtney FitzGerald. "New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey: High School Survey Results 2011." (2012). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/prc-reports-documents/24