1. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among 10-18 year-olds and the 2nd leading cause of death among college-aged youth.
2. According to autopsy studies, nearly ¼ quarter of these adolescents had alcohol or drugs in their system at the time of death.
3. Moreover, nearly all youth who commit suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of death even though they may not have seen a mental health professional for treatment.
4. There are approximately 25 suicide attempts for every completed adolescent suicide.
5. Nearly 1 out of 5 typical high school students in the US has seriously considered suicide in the past year.
6. Suicidal behaviors and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors (i.e., deliberate self-injury without intent to die) including cutting, burning, reopening wounds, account for the largest reason for emergency room visits and psychiatric hospitalizations.
7. While suicide by firearms used to be the primary method for all age groups and gender, female children/adolescents are using more hanging/asphyxiation and pills these days.