Middle and high schoolers in Coös County have a strong sense of community, but higher rates of depression than their peers in southern New Hampshire . That's according to a study released Monday by the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH. In 2008, researchers began surveying hundreds of young people in the North Country. With help from local school districts and social media, they tracked as many as they could through graduation and early adulthood. Dr. Eleanor Jaffee, who managed the study, says those with a strong sense of community did better. "T heir well-being, in terms of future mental health and substance use and also their desire to return to the region in the future, all kind of revolves around this idea of community attachment." Despite...
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UNH Study: Coös Kids Have Strong Community, but Mental Health Challenges Remain