KNOW THE FACTS
Suicide touches everyone – all ages and incomes; all racial, ethnic, and religious groups; and in all parts of the country. It is also the 3rd leading cause of death among teenagers (CDC, 2010).
Here are the facts to know about suicide:
- Indiana has the nation’s highest rate of students who have contemplated suicide (19%)
- 1 in 5 youth in Indiana have contemplated suicide
- Indiana has the nation’s 2nd highest rate of high school students attempting suicide (11%)
- 1 in 9 youth in Indiana have attempted suicide
- Males are 4 times more likely to die by suicide than females.
- Males most commonly use guns and other firearms
- Females are 3 times more likely to attempt suicide than males.
- Females are most likely to use poison
- Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth 10-14
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth 15-24
The statistics are alarming, and death by suicide is one of Indiana’s most concerning health issues. However, there is help and hope when parents, schools and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
If a student is experiencing a mental health crisis or medical emergency, call toll-free at 800.273.8255. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
Not sure what to do or who to talk to? Refer to your school's suicide policy
HELPING YOUR STUDENT