Every Day in the USA there are over 3,069 suicide attempts by grades 9-12.
For middle and high school age youth (ages 12-18), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. *
For college age youth (ages 18-22), suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death. *
Over-all, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for our youth ages 10-24. *
(*2017 CDC WISQARS)
In ages 10 – 14, we have seen an alarming increase in suicides. The number of suicides for this group has more than doubled since 2006, making it the second leading cause of death for that age group.
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
Teen Suicide Attempts
Each day there are an average of over 3,069 attempts by young people grades 9-12. If you were to add middle school grade levels, the numbers would be higher.
Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
The Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBS) is a survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that includes national, state, and local school-based representative samples of 9th through 12th grade students. The purpose is to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth in the United States. The surveys are conducted every two years to determine the prevalence of these health risk behaviors. Behaviors that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and those that indicate possible depression and/or suicidal ideation are included.
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Welcome, my friend. I’m truly honored you’ve come to my page.
I’m Jeff Yalden. I’m certainly not perfect. Like so many of you, I’ve made some mistakes. One thing I am truly grateful for is that I’ve never been the victim. I’ve always pulled myself up and become the victor. I’ve never been bitter, I’ve always tried to look at it and become better.