POSTED: 6:50 p.m. HST, Sep 9, 2011
University of Hawaii at Manoa's medical school has been awarded $1.4 million in federal funds for youth suicide prevention efforts.
The university said Thursday the money comes as rates of youth suicide in Hawaii has been on the rise in the last decade.
According to a 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Survey completed by public middle and high school students, Hawaii had the highest percent reporting youth who seriously considered attempting suicide.
University officials say Hawaii youth living in rural communities have higher rates of suicide attempts and that Native Hawaiian youth are among the highest at-risk for suicide-related behavior compared to other major ethnic groups in the nation.