Franklin County teenagers were surveyed about mental health

GREEN FIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The results of the 20th annual survey of middle and high school students in Franklin County and the North Quabbin area are released, focusing on mental health outside of the classroom.

Nearly 1,600 students from nine public schools participated last spring, sharing information about the ever-changing lives of teenagers. 8th, 10th and 12th grade students took part in the survey, which asked various anonymous questions about their time outside of school.

This year included a prevention needs assessment, with mental health, protective factors and local support at the forefront of the questionnaire. Results vary each year, but with updated communities of information, this care is able to evaluate the data and better understand how to support teenagers.

“To educate us and to pay attention to what we’re looking at, and those things help us in what support we can provide to the community,” said Nicholas Hathaway, evaluation coordinator for Partnership for Youth.

The survey shows that drug and alcohol abuse is declining, but the same is not true for the mental health that needs to be addressed for teenagers here in Franklin County.

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