TeenScreen in schools

MASON CITY, Iowa - Suicide is the third leading cause of death in students ages 12 to 18.

The United Way of North Central Iowa is reminding students across the area that they’re here to help.  Every year, mainly freshman students, can take a survey that can help parents and students find out if they’re at risk for suicide or a mental illness.

Loni Dirksen, Regional Coordinator with United Way, says it’s an easy 14 questions that could change a life.

“We hit the freshmen class because they’re transitioning.  It’s the most hormonal stage, they’re in a new school.  They’re going from being a big fish in the small pond to small fish in the big pond.”

14 high schools in the area provide the survey.  76 students screened positive for being at risk last year.

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