Youth Suicide Prevention Information

Suicide (i.e., taking one's own life) is a serious public health problem that affects even young people. For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year. The top three methods used in suicides of young people include firearm (45%), suffocation (40%), and poisoning (8%).

Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem. More young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the United States (U.S.) found that 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey. Each year, approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the U.S.

 

Suicide affects all youth, but some groups are at higher risk than others. Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. Of the reported suicides in the 10 to 24 age group, 81% of the deaths were males and 19% were females. Girls, however, are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys. Cultural variations in suicide rates also exist, with Native American/Alaskan Native youth having the highest rates of suicide-related fatalities.  A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the U.S. found Hispanic youth were more likely to report attempting suicide than their black and white, non-Hispanic peers.

 

LINKS

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) - The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging overall public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs for teens, parents and educators. 

Sources of Strength - 

LifeLines - A Comprehensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens in Georgia through the Suicide Prevention Program.

The Trevor ProjectA National organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to the LBGT Community. 

The Trevor Lifeline is available for young people who in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgement-free place to talk.

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health. Below are some of their youth suicide prevention resources.

Tips for Teens to Prevent Suicide - CLICK HERE

Times of Tragedy: Preventing Suicide in Troubled Children and Youth, Part I - CLICK HERE

National Association of Secondary School Principals - 

"Taking the Lead on Suicide Prevention and Intervention in the Schools"  - CLICK HERE