What I Wish You Knew event (copy)

Tyler Norris, center, moderates a panel of teens as they talk about the pressures and mental health challenges they face during an event called “What I Wish You Knew” in Nampa on Sept. 28.

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Originally published Oct. 26 on IdahoEdNews.org. As the COVID-19 pandemic worsened a mental health crisis among America’s young people, a small group of states quietly withdrew from the nation’s largest public effort to track concerning behaviors in high school students.

Colorado, Florida, and Idaho will not participate in a key part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’sYouth Risk Behavior surveys that reach more than 80,000 students. Over the past 30 years, the state-level surveys, conducted anonymously during each odd-numbered year, have helped elucidate the mental health stressors and safety risks for high school students.

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