FACTS & STATS
- According to 2015 data, Indiana has the third highest rate in the nation for high school students who have considered suicide.
- 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 2nd leading cause of death.
- 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 increase of more than 150% in suicides since 1981, making it the third leading cause of death for that age group.
The correct language is to say someone “died of” or “by suicide” just as you would say someone died of cancer or another illness, not that someone “committed” suicide. Please see https://www.speakingofsuicide.com/2017/09/21/suicide-language/
Talking out-loud about suicide reduces stigma and helps those suffering to feel less afraid to reach out for help.
Asking if someone is suicidal does NOT “put the idea in their head” but rather it can save someone’s life.
Warning Signs & Risk Factors (information is from http://jasonfoundation.com/):
Warning Signs – Four out of five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs and include but are not limited to the following:
- Talking about suicide
- Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- A deepening depression
- Preoccupation with death
- Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior
- Out of character behavior
- A loss of interest in the things one cares about
- Visiting or calling people one cares about
- Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order
- Giving prized possessions away
Along with these warning signs, there are certain Risk Factors that can elevate the possibility of suicidal ideation:
- Perfectionist personalities
- Gay and Lesbian youth
- Learning disabled youth
- Youth with low self-esteem
- Depressed youth
- Students in serious trouble
- Abused, Molested or Neglected Youth
- Genetic predisposition
- Parental history of violence, substance abuse, or divorce