Risky business

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:28 PM

In a Rapid Assessment for Adolescent Preventive Services survey that was completed by 20,000 students throughout Michigan, 28 percent said they have difficulties managing their anger. Nearly a quarter of the teens surveyed said they were depressed or had feelings of sadness, while 13 percent reported illicit drug and alcohol use.

As a result, the Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Quality Improvement Consortium created recommendations for better identifying teens with high-risk behaviors. The recommendations include having youth assessment surveys given at least once each year in any health care setting.

Angela Minnicui, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Community Health, said it’s important to "check in" with teens to see how they’re doing and feeling.

“We release guidelines to help professionals look for risky behaviors,” she said.

Carrie Tarry, manager for adolescent and school health for the Michigan Department of Community Health, said high-risk behavior is a lifestyle activity that puts someone at an increased risk for illness or injury. Some of those behaviors could include not wearing a seat belt or drinking alcohol.

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