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Colorado, Larimer County kids struggled with mental health amid COVID

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Colorado, Larimer County kids struggled with mental health amid COVID

Results from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey — a voluntary survey offered to students in grades 6 through 12 — showed that students across the state struggled through learning in the pandemic. 

The survey, which the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment conducts every other year, is the “only comprehensive survey on the health and well-being of young people.” Results are used to help organizations like school districts and other community organizations better understand those they’re serving.

In fall 2021, nearly 70,000 high school students and almost 40,000 middle school students participated. 

More than 39{b574a629d83ad7698d9c0ca2d3a10ad895e8e51aa97c347fc42e9508f0e4325d} of kids who took the survey said they experienced feelings of depression — which was defined as “feeling so sad or hopeless for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities” — in the past year. This reflects a 4{b574a629d83ad7698d9c0ca2d3a10ad895e8e51aa97c347fc42e9508f0e4325d} increase from 2019, when the survey was last conducted, and an 8{b574a629d83ad7698d9c0ca2d3a10ad895e8e51aa97c347fc42e9508f0e4325d} increase from 2017. 

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