Mental and Behavioral Health of Youth

  • Youth Suicide Rates

    One of DCYF’s health goals is for youth to experience positive behavioral and mental health. Trends in mental health over the past decade show an increase in rates of suicide and attempted suicide. Between 2013 and 2018, rates of youth suicide and attempted suicide more than tripled.

    Rate of Suicide and Suicide Attempts per 100,000 Adolescents Age 10-17, 2013-2019
    Suicide and Suicide Attempts per 100,000 Adolescents Age 10-17, 5 Year Rate, 2015-2019

  • Youth Depression

    The measure of youth depression, by living situation, cannot be updated at this time because it is based on data from the Healthy Youth Survey (HYS). The HYS was scheduled for October 2020 but was postponed until the fall of 2021, due to COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures. It is now scheduled for Fall 2021, and this measure will be updated when those data become available. For more information about the HYS, please see

    In 2018, the HYS surveyed 8,096 10-graders in Washington. At that time, 7,381 (94.7 percent) lived with parents/guardians, 231 (3 percent) lived with other relatives, 51 (0.7%) lived in foster care, and 104 (1.3% percent) lived with others or on their own. Of those living with parents, 39 percent reported feeling depressed, compared to 55 percent of students who lived with relatives and 56 percent of students who lived in foster care.

    10th graders reporting feelings of depression, by living situation, 2018
      10th Grade Depression