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Youth and Suicide

Concerns and threats of suicide are increasingly becoming the top reported concern. Suicide of youth is a growing epidemic with more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.


Youth Suicide Statistics

  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
  • 80% teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
  • 17% of students 9-12 grade have seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. [1]


Signs & Concerns

Signs of a suicide concern may mimic “typical teenage behaviors, so how can you know if it’s normal behavior or something more? If the signs are persisting over a period of time, several of the signs appear at the same time, and the behavior is “out of character” for the young person as you know him/her, then close attention is warranted. Take all suicide threats seriously: People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide or call suicide crisis lines are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves. [2]


Need help now? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.If someone is showing signs of suicidal behavior you can make a report by calling Safe2Tell Wyoming at 1-844-996-7233 or submit a report on the tip line. In cases where the individual is threatening suicide or in the act of attempting suicide call your local law enforcement immediately.


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References

[1] 2013 CDC WISQARS

[2] The Jason Foundation