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 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
- 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.