• Over-all, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-24.

  • In ages 10-14, we have seen an alarming 128% increase in suicides since 1980, making it the thrid leading cause of death for that age group.

  • For middle and high school age youth (ages 12-18), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death.

  • For college age youth (ages 18-22), suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death.

  • Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.

  • More Teenagers and young adults die form suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.(2011 CDC WISQARS)

  • Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12.Over-all, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-24.

The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBSS) is a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that includes national, state, and local school-based representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. The purpose is to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States. The surveys are conducted every two years to determine the prevalence of these health risk behaviors. Behaviors that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and those that indicate possible depression and/or suicidal ideation are included.

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