- Suicide is the secondleading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2014 CDC WISQARS)
- More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.
- On an "average" day in the United States, there are more than 5,200 suicide attempts by young people in grades 7-12.
While these facts are disturbing, there is hope. By educating ourselves and others, we can make a difference.
Below are links to two suicide awareness/prevention web sites and a printed (pdf) resource for parents. Parents are encouraged to discuss any concerns about their student's emotional well-being with a school counselor.
- Youth Suicide Prevention Program
- The Jason Foundation
- A Parent's Guide to Recognizing and Treating Depression in your Child