6/23/2009

Michigan's attempted-suicide rate among youths is higher than the U.S. average, according to a CDC survey. But a Michigan law encouraging schools to teach students about depression and suicide awareness is unfunded and mostly unenforced. A Michigan Department of Education survey found 25% of high-school students in a tri-county area said they had symptoms of depression and 9% said they had tried to commit suicide. The state's high unemployment rate and financial crisis helps fuel higher rates of depression in youths, one expert said.

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