Teen suicide is the third-leading cause of death for people ages 15-to-24. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in five teenagers in the U.S. seriously consider suicide annually and 5-to-8% will actually attempt it, making it the second leading cause of death for our age group.
The latest available data suggests that 2013 marked the tenth year in a row of increasing suicide rates in America.
It is widely known recognized that a high prevelance of trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are commonly shared among suicidal people. Researchers found that ACEs were a factor in 80% of suicide attempts during childhood / adolescence.
Being that the CDC cites community connectedness as a central protective factor against both suicie and interpersonal violdence, we need to do a better job of offering support to other teens.
Did you know boys tend to be most prone to suicidal thoughts during their junior year of high school whereas girls most often experience them in their freshman year? (see full article).
While suicide risk-factors vary with age, gender and mental illness, I believe the American Psychological Assocation is right in deeming teen suicide preventable! Read about how the Inspiring Project is a suicide prevention tool by promoting acceptance and building self-esteem!