Creating a Modern Youth Suicide Awareness & Prevention Program for Your District
Understand the critical elements needed to address & reverse alarming youth suicide trends.
When it comes to increased rates of youth suicide and suicidal ideation, numbers don’t lie.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children starting at 10 years of age.
Since 2007, suicide rates have more than doubled among individuals 10 to 24 years old.
The National Vital Statistics Reports collected data about suicide rates among young people, showing that the suicide rate went from 6.8 per 100,000 in 2007 to 10.7 per 100,000 in 2018.
All this data was collected before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which has had a detrimental effect on students’ lives, thrusting them into remote learning environments and isolating them from friends and family. Sandy Hook Promise runs an anonymous tip reporting system that saw a 12% spike in suicide-related tips in 2020. And more than 70% of the tips reported deal with self-harm or harm to others.
With these alarming trends, the need for a modern districtwide suicide awareness, prevention, screening and case management program has never been so vital.
This resource discusses how districts can create these programs to reverse alarming rates of youth suicide.