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Child Trends Research Brief on Mental Health and Suicide

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health has released a new brief: Child Trends: New Issue Brief report released. Health Insurance Access and Counseling Receipt and their Association with Later Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms. The brief confirms prior research findings that adolescents who report mental health issues are more likely to report similar issues as young adults. The research findings reported in the brief suggest that for adolescents who report either no or mild depressive symptoms, access to health insurance is associated with a lower risk of mental health problems as young adults when compared to adolescents who report moderate-to-severe depressive symptoms. For all teens, receiving counseling during adolescence was associated with an increased risk of depressive or suicidal symptoms as young adults.

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