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As Teen Suicide Rates Climb, Texas Legislators Discuss Mental Health Services In Schools

Seventeen percent of ninth- through 12th-graders surveyed in Texas said they seriously considered suicide last year

GABRIEL C. PéREZ / KUT

Twelve percent of teenagers in Texas said they attempted suicide in 2017, according to a report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s higher than the national average of 7 percent.

Seventeen percent of ninth- through 12th-graders surveyed in Texas said they seriously considered suicide last year, and 14 percent said they had made a plan for how to do it.

When it comes to LGBTQ teens in Texas, the rates are significantly higher: 42 percent said they had seriously considered suicide.

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