Teen suicide is a rising threat but one that rarely generates the same level of attention or outreach as other pressing student health issues. As the number of suicides in America steadily rises, young people have proven especially vulnerable.
According to the CDC, suicide rates among those ages 15-24 increased by a startling 24% between 1999 and 2014 and for those between 10-14, a heartbreaking 200%. Most recently, the CDC reported that girls ages 10-14 experienced the highest spike in suicides over the last 15 years.
While the CDC identifies suicide as the tenth leading cause of death among all age groups, it is the third leading cause of death among those ages 10-14 and second leading cause among those ages 15-34.
Our three part series takes on the issue of teen suicide, offering guidance and support to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and feelings or to those who know somebody that might be at risk.
In our first installment, we discuss the need to break the deadly silence over teen suicide.
The second part of our series outlines some of the leading risk factors and warning signs of suicide.
And the third part advises on how each of us has the power to take action and save a life.