CNN While sex and drug use are on the decline among teenagers in the United States, other health risks -- including suicidal ideation and bullying -- do not appear to be subsiding, and experts are concerned. The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. Studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines sharply when people call the national suicide hotline: TALK. There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the hour accessibility, a caller's ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world. More Videos
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A newly released study of about 15, high school students has found that fewer are having sex and fewer are using drugs. The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, a study of students across 21 urban school districts covering 39 states, was conducted from The number of teens engaging in sexual behavior declined to Teens identifying as sexual minorities -- including homosexual, bisexual or non-binary -- rose to This group typically experiences higher rates of substance abuse and is at greater risk of suicide or abuse from peers.
Most teenagers aren’t having sex
Today's teens are a much tamer lot, a new U. Fewer high school students are turning to sex or drugs, with the rates the lowest reported since the survey began in , said researchers from the U. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Robert Redfield said in an agency news release. Between and , the percentage of high school students who said they had ever had sex fell from 48 percent to But the news is not all good.
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