Say ‚ÄúYes‚ÄĚ to the YRBS
Monday, 12 September 2016 12:44
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Anyone who has raised a teenager knows it‚Äôs a challenge. Those same people know how difficult it can be to know what they‚Äôre doing.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Really know what they‚Äôre doing.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Did you know that according to the 2014 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Douglas County teenagers attempted suicide at a risk nearly double the national average? Did you realize almost half are texting while driving, and cyber-bullying has been rising at an alarming rate?
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Our students are less likely to attend physical education classes than their national peers. They also are more likely to take diet pills or powders without a doctor‚Äôs permission. They also inject drugs at a rate higher than the national average.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† That information comes from the most recent YRBS, and we wouldn‚Äôt have that potentially life-saving knowledge without the survey.¬† The Douglas County Health Department is asking teachers to encourage students to take home their YRBS consent forms, and requesting parents sign them and see that they are returned. In that way, our community can be better prepared to help our precious young people.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A teenager needs support, and often they resist it, during one of the most challenging times of their life. The YRBS helps adults ask the right questions, or know how to look for the important signs, that can help turn around a young life.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The YRBS is conducted in randomly selected classrooms, takes about 30 minutes, and participation is voluntary, but parental consent is required. Students cannot be identified by the information provided in taking the survey, which includes 96 indicators in six categories of health and behavior issues.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Parents, teachers, and students ‚Äď we are asking for your help and understanding, so we all can help and support your children. Say ‚ÄúYes‚ÄĚ to the YRBS.