Students in grades 9 to 12 who attempted suicide in the last twelve months by race

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Definitions: Percent of students in grades 9 to 12 identifying as either a racial or ethnic minority or as white non-Hispanic who attempted suicide in the past twelve months.

Data Source: Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS). Data presented here are from an analysis released by the Vermont Department of Health in 2013 that included various indicators from the YRBS disaggregated by racial/ethnic group. These reports are available here.

Footnotes: The Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey is a biennial, voluntary survey of students attending middle and high schools in Vermont.  The survey seeks to monitor trends in student health and risk behaviors.  The indicators as a whole reflect a broad definition of youth well-being.  Not only do the indicators monitor behaviors associated with negative health and psychological outcomes, but they also measure "developmental assets" - internal resources and skills, as well as community, school, and other institutional supports.  These assets foster the development of thriving young adults. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Prior to 2011, the survey was completed by students in grades 8-12.  In 2011, the survey split into a high school survey (students in grades 9-12) and a middle school survey (students in grades 6-8). 

For this indicator, results for Caledonia and Essex Counties were combined due to sample size. In these counties combined, 9% of students in grades 9 to 12 who identified as a racial or ethnic minority reported attempting suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of white non-Hispanic students.

For this indicator, results for Franklin and Grand Isle Counties were combined due to sample size. In these counties combined, 16% of students in grades 9 to 12 who identified as a racial or ethnic minority reported attempting suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 5% of white non-Hispanic students.