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Student Sleep + Mental Health

In 2019, 72.1% of New Mexico high school students reported fewer than 8 hours of sleep on an average school night. These students were at increased risk for feelings of sadness or hopelessness, non-suicidal self-injury, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts.

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School Health Profiles

During January and February, we are collecting data from a sample of lead health educators and middle and high school principals assessing school health policies and practices as part of the Centers for Disease Control's national School Health Profiles project. 

The survey includes questions on school nutrition, physical activity, health education, and other health-related topics.

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Forty Thousand.

That's the number of students and school officials, including 81 superintendents, more than 400 principals, and nearly 3,000 teachers who helped complete the New Mexico Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey for 2021. In the spring, we will begin to share findings from the survey.

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New Mexico Youth
Risk and Resiliency Survey

We are part of the CDC Youth Risk Behavior
Surveillance System (YRBSS). We assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency factors of
New Mexico high school and middle school students. View some of our results!

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What is the NM-YRRS?

The New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (NM-YRRS) is a tool to assess the health risk behaviors and resiliency (protective) factors of New Mexico high school and middle school students. The NM-YRRS is part of the national CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). The survey results have widespread benefits for New Mexico at the state, county, and school district levels.

The NM-YRRS is offered to a selection of high schools and middle schools in each school district in the fall of odd-numbered years. All data are self-reported by students who voluntarily complete the survey during one class period.

Topic areas for the NM-YRRS include risk behaviors related to alcohol and drug use, unintentional injury, violence, suicidal ideation and attempts, tobacco use, sexual activity, physical activity, and nutrition; resiliency (protective) factors such as relationships in the family, school, community, and with peers; and health status issues such as body weight and asthma.

A Video About the NM-YRRS:

Our Funding

The NM-YRRS receives support for the NM-YRRS from the Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through Grant number 5-NU87PS004314-03-00 to The NM Department of Health (NM-DOH), and the Albuquerque Public Schools. In addition, the NM-YRRS receives generous support from –

  • Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
  • New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, Behavioral Health Services Division, Human Services Department
  • Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Program, Public Health Division (PHD), NM-DOH
  • Office of School and Adolescent Health, PHD, NM-DOH
  • Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau (IBEB), Epidemiology and Response Division (ERD), NM-DOH
  • Overdose Prevention Program, ERD, NM-DOH
  • Sexual Violence Prevention Program, ERD, NM-DOH