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Youth Suicide

Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24.​

Suicide Facts Ages 10-18

  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.

  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. 

  • Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,703 attempts by young people grades 9-12.  If these percentages are additionally applied to grades 7 & 8, the numbers would be higher.

  • Four out of Five individuals considering suicide give some sign of their intentions, either verbally or behaviorally.

Warning Signs In Youth Suicide

Warning Signs of Suicide in Children and Teens

  • Making suicidal statements.

  • Being preoccupied with death in conversation, writing, or drawing.

  • Giving away belongings.

  • Withdrawing from friends and family.

  • Having aggressive or hostile behavior.

Take all threats of suicide seriously and seek immediate treatment for your child or teenager. There's support for parents!


If you are a child or teen and have these feelings, talk with your parents, an adult friend, or your doctor right away to get some help.

Other warning signs can include:

  • Neglecting personal appearance.

  • Running away from home.

  • Risk-taking behavior, such as reckless driving or being sexually promiscuous.

  • A change in personality (such as from upbeat to quiet).

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