Definition: Suicide is defined as death from injury, poisoning, or suffocation where there is evidence that a self-inflicted act led to the person's death. It is important to recognize the warning signs of suicide, which include talking about harming or killing oneself. Knowing the risk factors and responding appropriately to warning signs can be effective at preventing youth suicide.
Magnitude of the Problem: Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24 and results in the loss of an average of 5,183 lives each year (CDC WISQARS). According to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey report:
- 17.7% of students, grade 9-12, reported that they had seriously considered suicide in the previous 12 months.
- 8.6% of students reported making at least one suicide attempt in the previous 12 months.
- 2.8% of students reported making at least one suicide attempt in the previous 12 months that required medical attention.
Prevention: Strategies for preventing youth suicides may include:
- enhancing protective factors,
- reducing risk factors,
- strengthening norms that support help-seeking behaviors,
- implementing screening and prevention activities for high-risk groups, and
- primary prevention of conditions such as depression, impulsive behavior, and drug or alcohol abuse.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online], Fatal Injury Reports, 2010-2015.
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- Screening Youth for Suicide Risk Jul 2019
- Implementing Project Lazarus in North Carolina Pt. 2: The Medical/Law Enforcement-Based (“Top-Down”) Components of Project Lazarus Jun 2015
- South to Southwest S2SW Webinar Planning for Prevention: Practical Tools to Organize Suicide Prevention Efforts in Your Community Apr 2014
- South to Southwest S2SW Webinar Using Online Communications Approaches for Suicide Prevention Jan 2014
- South to Southwest S2SW Webinar Suicide Prevention Basics and How to Get Started Oct 2013
- Youth Suicide Prevention Community of Practice: Final Session - Spotlight on North Dakota Jan 2013
- Youth Suicide Prevention Community of Practice: The Mental Health Consequences of Bullying Nov 2012
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Injury Prevention Links
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