Teen Suicide Statistics – What You Should Know

According to the Jason Foundation, suicide is the third leading cause of death in college-aged youth and children aged 12-18. Despite efforts to curb this trend, the number of youth suicides continue to increase every year. What does that mean for those who love someone who might be struggling with suicidal ideations, or even those who themselves are struggling? The only clear and proven method for addressing this issue is seeking therapy. The expertise of a mental health professional can be a literal life-saver for everyone involved, and can help those afflicted to go on to live happy and healthy lives. For those looking to learn more about adolescent and teen suicide, here are some resource suggestions:

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has a comprehensive list of facts and figures listed on their website, breaking down the latest suicide statistics as well as common – often deadly – myths that surround those who struggle with the compulsion to commit suicide.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has the latest studies involving youth suicide via their Youth Risk Behavior Surveys. You can find those facts by clicking here.

Teens who are contemplating suicide will often let others know what they are experiencing, and should absolutely be taken seriously. With the right help and support from a mental health professional and loved ones, suicide can be prevented and struggling teens can finally find light in the darkness. If you think it is time to seek therapy for yourself or a loved one experiencing suicidal ideations, please contact our North Shore office directly by calling (847) 730-3042.

Dr. Michael Clatch, Psy. D
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