Local high schools to participate in well-being study

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Starting this fall, most of the high schools in District 51 will take part in a two-year study on mental health in teens.

Central, Fruita Monument, Fruita 8/9, Grand Junction and Palisade high schools are all taking part in this research. A Sociology Professor from Indiana University will be visiting the high schools for observational study. The research will aim to better understand how social environments shape youth well-being. They hope to identify new strategies for improving mental health and preventing suicide.

"We already know that Colorado has a problem with mental health and mental health access. So being able to help lead the nation in determining some of those factors on how kids are reaching out for help, is just an invaluable experience," says D51 Mental Health and Crisis Coordinator, Kati Garner.

D51 wants parents to know that researchers will not interfere with students during class time, and that no students will be talked to directly without parent permission.

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