Mental health is an integral part of student well-being. It is essential to youth for maintaining healthy relationships, supporting academic achievement, and living full and productive lives. NM youth 10–19 years of age experience a higher rate of death by suicide than those in the US (9.8 vs. 4.8 deaths per 100,000 population). The 2013 Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey (YRRS) questionnaire included three questions in the middle school survey and four questions in the high school survey about suicide ideation and attempts. The high school survey also included a question about feelings of sadness or hopelessness (a risk factor for depression) and a question about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI).
FitzGerald, C; J Reno; D Green; and L Penaloza. "New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency 2013 Survey Results Report: Mental Health and Related Behaviors." (2015). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/prc-reports-documents/30