What group of high school students in Montana is the most at risk for suicide, mental health concerns and substance use? Recent data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicate that some of the most vulnerable students in Montana are those attending alternative schools. 22% of alternative high school students report attempting suicide in the last year and 50% report symptoms of depression. This group of students also reports elevated rates of alcohol and substance use compared to other high school students in the state.
This brief contains a summary of findings from research funded by MHCF to understand more about alternative high school programs and the health-related needs of students that attend them.