Students who have a parent they can talk to about problems are much less likely to consider or attempt suicide, based on results from a 2017 survey of Boulder Valley middle and high school students.

The anonymous Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, given statewide every other year, provides data on behaviors that include drug and alcohol use, eating disorders and suicide attempts.

Boulder County Public Health has partnered with the Boulder Valley School District to administer the questionnaire since 2001. About a year ago, the school district also began working directly with the health department and other community partners to coordinate prevention and intervention services.

The 2017 survey added questions about students’ perceptions of protective factors, such as having a parent to talk to about serious concerns.

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