Parents, siblings, classmates, coaches, and neighbors might be left wondering if they could have done something to prevent that young person from turning to suicide. Even though it's not always preventable, it's always a good idea to be informed and take action to help a troubled teenager. The reasons behind a teen's suicide or attempted suicide can be complex.
Depression is more common than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined, and nearly 45, Americans die by suicide each year. But even though it's a common and serious problem, many people don't know that much about depression and suicide—including who's at the greatest risk, why, and when they are most likely to be vulnerable. Here are 15 myths and facts about depression and suicide.
Statistics are based on the latest year for which we have national statistics, A Suicide: Official Final Data. Statistics for means of completed suicide in Michigan.
While this data is the most accurate we have, we estimate the numbers to be higher. Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting, and data collection methods critical to suicide prevention need to be improved. Learn how you can become an advocate.
Every year close to people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide does not just occur in high-income countries, but is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world.
Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults age toyear-olds. The majority of children and adolescents who attempt suicide have a significant mental health disorder, usually depression.
Local crisis hotline numbers can be found in the front of your local phone book or call FACT: Talking about suicide can be a plea for help and it can be a late sign in the progression towards a suicide attempt. Those who are most at risk will show other signs apart from talking about suicide.
The percentage of high school students who reported that they had thought seriously about committing suicide in the last year declined from 29 percent in to a low of 14 percent in However, prevalence has increased since, reaching 17 percent in The proportion of students who reported having attempted suicide remained relatively constant in the s and early s from 7 to 9 percent but declined from 8 percent in to 6 percent in This trend reversed inwith the proportion increasing to 8 percent that year and 9 percent inbefore dropping to 7 percent in
When the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" premiered init quickly became one of the most watched—and most controversial—shows aimed at teen viewers. With its third season expected to release inthe series continues to spark debate over how the show portrays teen suicide and its possible effect on viewers. Fans of the series say it increases much-needed awareness about teen suicide, currently the second leading cause of death for children and young people 10 to 24 years old.