TECUMSEH – Sandy Morrissey of Region V Systems told commissioners that a University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher has been approved to conduct a Community Action of Nebraska survey at Johnson County Central schools.
The survey of eighth through 12th graders gives community action groups insight into patterns and attitudes toward mental health and substance abuse.
Morrissey noted that Johnson County students’ perceptions of risky behaviors in past surveys are closer to what is actually happening than students in most other counties.
In the 16-county region, over 70 percent of students said their peers’ use of tobacco, alcohol, marijuana or prescription drugs is wrong.
Students said alcohol is easier to obtain that tobacco.
The 2016 report also indicated that nearly 20 percent of students reported they would not seek help if they felt depressed or suicidal.