- The Facts
The number of
teen suicides is growing in the US which is something to be alarmed
about. These are the numbers that WE ALL must deal with and overcome.
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- While exceedingly
rare, there are actually suicide statistics for children as
young as 5.
- but explainable!
on your specific location, suicides are the 2nd or 3rd most
common cause of death among teens. Typically among teens,
the first cause is accidents, second is homicides and third are
is the 10th most common
cause of death among 5 to 24 year olds and the 11th most common
cause of death among all Americans. It is the 8th leading cause
of death among all males.
- Suicide is the
2nd leading cause of death among college students.
- Teens don't
typically use the term "bullying," which seems to them
to indicate elementary school. In their own teen lives, they
use the word "drama" which implies a lack of personal
responsibility for the "drama."
- Teenage girls
are at risk since they are three times as likely as boys
to attempt suicide. Females are the large majority of
suicide attempts that end up in an emergency room.
- Bullies have
problems of their own. They are 4 times more likely to commit
other crimes. By age 24, 60% will commit a crime that can or
will create an arrest record.
- 160,000 US children
stay home from school each day to avoid bullying at school.
- In the 40 years
between 1952 and 1992, suicides increased by 78% among adults
in the US. But among teenagers in the same period, the increase
- 58% of male
suicides in the US are
by fire arms.
- 73% of all suicide
deaths are white males. But the highest rate of suicide
deaths in North America are found among Native Americans. In
fact, indigenous populations top the charts for in-country suicides
in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
- Bullying is
on the rise. Some of our children are literally taunting other
children to death. And anyone who contributes to a child's
death is a child killer.
- Females are
three times as likely than males to attempt suicide by use of
poisons or pills. But they are just as likely as males to jump
off bridges and as likely to suicide by hanging, strangulation
or suffocation. Boys often choose more violent means.
- Calif has the
most total suicides: 3,206/year. That is 3x as many as either
NY, IL, MI or NC, and 2x as many as 4th ranked Pennsylvania.
The thing about these
statistics is that every cyber represents a real person
whose real pain ultimately brought him or her all the
way to death's door. Rich or poor, no one is immune. There is
no Teflon coating that protects any of us from the fallout.
Maybe your child isn't
a bully, nor has he or she been victimized by bullies - although
HALF of all US students report that they have been.
And some say teenage girls can be the meanest ...
But then one day someone
else's bullied child who found no relief coming from authorities
or a friend brings a loaded gun to your child's school determined
to get even whatever the cost. Now who's interested in solving
- Teenage boys
are at risk since they account for 80% of all teen suicide
deaths and are four times as likely as teen girls to die
in the attempt.
- By the most
current numbers, there are 4,400 lives lost per year to teen
- Methods of suicides
among teens differ from the rest of the population. Teens try
fire arms (46%), suffocation (37%; includes hanging) and poisoning
(8%; includes drug overdose)
- Center for Disease
Control: 15% of students self-report considering suicide, 11%
report creating a plan, 7% report attempts - all within the past
12 months. One report released in 2011 has indicated that as
many as ONE in FOUR middle school students had gone as far as
creating a suicide plan during the previous year.
- Yale University
study: Bullied people are between 2 and 9 times more likely to
consider suicide than those not bullied.
- 160,000 US children
stay home from school every day because of their fear of bullies.
- In the 10-24
year old age group, 84% of actual suicide deaths are from males
and 16% from females.
- Among 15-24
year olds, there is a suicide every 2 hours 12 minutes. Among
the elderly, a suicide every 1 hour 37 minutes. For all US ages
combined, one suicide every 17 minutes.
- 2009 study:
LGBT teens are 8.4 times more likely to suicide than hetero teens.
This isn't one parent's
problem or a school's problem. The lives of our children are
everyone's problem. The question is, what will you do about it?
You can act now and
try to save a life before it is forever gone. Or you can wait
until we ultimately pause to commemorate a young life lost.
* Some of the percentages
may not seem to line up exactly. This is because there are minor
differences from one year's study to the next and not all of
these findings are from the same year. Sometimes statistics "spike.'
Also, surveys and studies examine youth in five overlapping age
groups: 5-14 years, 15-24 years, 12-17 years, "high school"
and "teenagers;" numbers for a 12 year old are quite
different from numbers for a 24 year old.
A woman at
the counter told me that her best friend's adult son had recently
hung himself to death. There were warning signs - the dead look
in her son's eyes, his lack of caring about his life. But he
kept telling his mother, "I'm okay, Mom. I'll be fine."
But the day
after her last, recent visit, he was found hanging in the garage.
what can you do? What's a parent supposed to do?"
I told her
that with apologies to her friend who tried, "What you do
is everything you would have done if you were certain
your child was going to die if you didn't. You do everything
you can think of even if you look silly or crazy, regardless
of whether your child will be angry about your interference.
You fight, you yell, you love, ... you interfere. You call the
police to come do a welfare check. If they see what you see,
they can place the person in a 72 hour hold while the experts
and professionals examine the person."
One more thing.
You look your child-parent-sibling-friend-neighbor in the eye
and tell them how much you love them and now unspeakably sad
you would be without them in your life. Tell them how important
they are no matter what they may have done. Tell them that everything
is forgiveable so if they want yours, they have it. Fill up their
hearts with your own love.
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