Youth Suicide Awareness

According to the Center for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among children age 10-24. 

Risk factors:

  • History of previous suicide attempts
  • A family history of suicide
  • History of depression or other mental illness
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Stressful life event or loss
  • Easy access to lethal methods
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others
  • Incarceration

Most people are uncomfortable with the topic of suicide. Too often, victims are blamed, and their families and friends are left stigmatized. As a result, people do not communicate openly about suicide. Thus an important public health problem is left shrouded in secrecy, which limits the amount of information available to those working to prevent suicide. Research over the last several decades has uncovered a wealth of information on the causes of suicide and on prevention strategies. Additionally, CDC is working to monitor the problem and develop programs to prevent youth suicide. 

13 Reasons Why - The National School Psychologists Association has compiled information about the series for both parents and educators, please see the link below.

Guidance on watching 13 Reasons Why  

Guidance on watching 13 Reasons Why, Season 2

13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators

Suicide Awareness - Board Policy 819 

Resources for  Parents - Preventing Youth Suicide

Center For Disease Control - Youth Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Life Line