Monday numbers – a closer look at child well-being and the rise in youth suicide

Monday numbers – a closer look at child well-being and the rise in youth suicide

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Researchers at NC Child and the NC Institute of Medicine recently released the 2019 North Carolina Child Health Report Card. The annual report offers a snapshot of how children are faring in our state. And while North Carolina has made great strides in areas such as insurance coverage, it’s clear far too many children are living in poor or low income households.

One of the most important stories spotlighted this year is the suicide rate for kids 10-17, which has nearly doubled over the last decade.

The following numbers are from the new report card:

2,301,190 – the number of children under the age of 17 in North Carolina (for 2017)

43 – The percentage of children in North Carolina who live in poor or low-income homes (less than 200% of the federal poverty level)

31 – The percentage of white children in North Carolina who live in poor or low-income households

64 – The percentage of African-American or Black children in North Carolina who live in poor or low-income households

71 – The percentage of Hispanic or LantinX children in North Carolina who live in poor or low-income households

20.9 – The percentage of North Carolina children who live in food-insecure households

30.7 – The percentage of North Carolina children ages 10-17 who are overweight or obese

13.5 – The percentage of NC parents without health insurance coverage in 2016 (In 2011 the figure was 20.6%.)

43.7 – percentage of 3rd grade students in North Carolina who do not read at grade level

15 – The percentage of NC high school students who have ever used prescription pain medicine without a prescription

26.5 – The percentage of NC high school students who currently use alcohol (including beer)

8.2 – The percentage of NC High school students who attempted suicide in the past year

5.1 – The percentage of white high school students who attempted suicide in the past year

9.3 – The percentage of Hispanic or LantinX high school students who attempted suicide in the past year

11.1 – The percentage of African-American or Black high school students who attempted suicide in the past year

13.3 -The percentage of NC adolescents aged 12-17 who experienced a major depressive episode this past year

16 – the percentage of North Carolina high school students in 2017 who reported seriously considering suicide. (This figure included 12% of heterosexual students, and a staggering 43% of gay, lesbian, or bisexual students.)

1:378 – The school-to-counselor ratio in North Carolina

1:1,073 – The school-to-nurse ratio in North Carolina (* Counselors and Nurses play a key role in identifying mental and physical health problems)

1-800-273-8255 – The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Read the full 2019 North Carolina Child Health Report Card.