Healthy Youth Survey Data
The Washington State Healthy Youth Survey is typically given every other year to students in 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th grade. It is optional and responses are anonymous. Questions cover topics such as exercise, diet, drug use, mental health, and safety.
Results provide insights into healthy and unhealthy behaviors or trends among young people. The information is used by school and health officials as well as parents and policymakers to focus resources and interventions.
2021 Healthy Youth Survey
The survey was most recently given to students in fall of 2021. More than 15,000 students around Snohomish County participated in the survey. Their responses show existing good habits to build upon, as well as some areas of concern.
- More students are spending 3 or more hours per day watching television, streaming videos, or on a computer playing video games or for something that isn’t related to schoolwork, especially among grades 6 and 8.
- About the same proportion of students as in past surveys are reporting suicidal ideation, with a slight increase in depression over previous years.
- Students in grade 6 are more likely than the other grades to report extreme worry about COVID-related economic security, including their parents or guardians losing jobs, family being unable to afford rent or housing, or not having enough food to eat.
More detailed information is available in the topical fact sheets below.
For statewide results, visit the Healthy Youth Survey website.