“When we look at causes of death by age, it may surprise many that suicide is the number 2 cause of death for individuals between the ages of 10-24. Suicide is second only to accidental deaths in these age groups. The unfortunate statistic is the increase in suicide rates in these age groups. If we were to just focus on the age group of 15-24, which captures the High School ages, we have seen a large increase in two areas, death by suicide and homicide. The increase has been over 30% since the 2000. Between those two causes in 2017 we lost close to 12,000 youths.”“Let’s put this in perspective, the recent plane crashes, which have gained national and international attention, had a loss of life for 346 individuals. Yet it was the lead story for a week and caused the grounding of the Boeing airplane. The death totals of 15-24 yo from suicide or homicide would be the equivalent of a plane crashing every six days. Remember this is only looking at this small age group of 15-24 y.o. This sobering fact often will not hit home until you feel the impact of one of these deaths.”
Dr. Kevin Most: “Recognizing PTSD and Suicide Prevention”
There are some teens and children who are on medicine to help with mental illness. That’s great. A positive step in the right direction. But nothing can compare to someone close to the child making observations, talking, listening, and giving a hug.
If you have children in that age range, please keep an eye on them. All it takes is being unfriended, bullied, made fun of, dumped, or just plain rejected to push someone over the edge who is contemplating suicide.
I am a published content and freelance writer, award-winning blogger, public speaker, copy editor and social media consultant. From adolescence through the decade of my 20’s, I went without knowing anything was wrong with me. A mental illness was the farthest possibility from my mind (LOL! No pun intended). After my first diagnosis of just “bipolar”, I waited another seven years to discover my most current diagnosis. I have bipolar 1 with psychotic features, mixed episodes and ultra-rapid cycling. An extension of my diagnosis includes the bipolar type of AD/HD, OCD, GAD and social anxiety. At the end of the day, it all comes down to my faith in God and of course my friends and family who encourage and support me every step of the way. You can find me at my other blog, Life Conquering Blog for Mental Health.
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