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In 1989, the Connecticut Youth Suicide Advisory Board was established within the Department of Children and Families. The charge of the board is to increase public awareness of the existence of youth suicide, to promote means of prevention and to make recommendations to the Commissioner regarding the prevention of youth suicide.

The Problem

For young people 10-24 years old, suicide is the third leading cause of death, behind unintentional injury and homicide (NCIPC, Injury Fact Book).  Every two hours and 11 minutes, a person under the age of 25 completes suicide.

Youth Suicide in Connecticut

Results from the 2009 CT School Health Survey report that among high school students:
  • 25.0% felt sad or hopeless for more than 2 weeks
  • 14.1% seriously considered attempting suicide
  • 7.4% actually attempted suicide

Risk Factors

Risk factors are stressful events, situations and/or conditions that are associated with greater potential for suicide and suicidal behavior. (Surgeon General) These include:

  • Alcohol/substance abuse
  • Mental health issues, particularly mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder
  • Traumatic event or loss – death or suicide of a loved one
  • Hopelessness
  • Significant disappointment, humiliation or loss of status (e.g., break-up, or arrest)
  • Past Suicide Attempts
  • Easy access to lethal methods, especially guns

Resources That Can Help

  • Family Member/Friend
  • Religious Leader
  • Teacher/Guidance Counselor
  • 211 Infoline (Suicide/crisis, information and referral line)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Current Clinician and/or Psychiatrist
  • Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (Child or Adult Mobile Crisis)
  • Emergency Room

What Can You Do About Youth Suicide?

  • Reproduce and distribute this brochure
  • Ask the local paper to write on some aspect of youth suicide prevention
  • Utilize the visual arts to emphasize suicide prevention, i.e., art/poster contest etc.
  • Check with other local youth service bureaus, libraries, schools etc. for information on local initiatives regarding youth suicide
  • Include information about suicide prevention in your agency communities.