When research revealed that 12 to 18 year olds in Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago Counties attempt suicide at twice the state and national rate alarm bells went off. Local practitioners wanted to know more, but existing quantitative data wasn’t sufficient to answer their questions. They needed a new approach.
On Fresh Take, Beth Clay, Executive Director of the NEW Mental Health Connection, explains the community-based participatory research project under development. She describes how they plan to engage teenagers in the project to help scan the social media environment in which they live, and what insights they may find in this qualitative data to guide future interventions.