An intergenerational discussion of the 2021 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) Results
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First year student at Arizona State
former Hardy Girls FAB co-president
Senior at Messalonskee HS
current Hardy Girls FAB member
MSAD 49 in Fairfield, ME
The purpose of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) is to assess the health status of Maine youth, as well as the positive and negative attitudes and behaviors that influence healthy development. Data from the MIYHS can be used by schools, community organizations, and state agencies to plan and evaluate prevention programs and to provide the basis for grant applications. The MIYHS represents the collaborative effort of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and the Maine Department of Education.
Across measures of mental health, experiences of violence and sexual violence, and feelings of support and safety, girls are struggling at disporportionate rates – LGBTQ+ and BIPOC girls and nonbinary youth even more so.
Mental Health Hotlines:
Maine Crisis Line: 1-888-568-1112, Web link
Sexual Violence Response and Prevention:
Sexual Assault Helpline & Chat: 1-800-871-7741
Youth Activism andAdvocacy:
Maine Youth Action Network
Maine Youth for Climate Justice
Young People’s Caucus
Folks Organizing Reform for Queer Spaces (FORQS) (IG: @maineforqs)
Maine Youth Power (voting advocacy)
Equality Community Center (LGBTQ+ Nonprofit resource/advocacy
For Queer and Trans Youth:
For BIPOC Youth: