According to the Jason Foundation, more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
According to the CDC’s 2015 statistics, 17.0% of students seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months (22.4% of females and 11.6% of males).
Each day, in the U.S., there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12 to take their own life.
People who threaten suicide should always be taken seriously. It may well be that they want attention in the sense of calling out for help, and giving them this attention may save their life.
If you know someone who is considering suicide, do not leave him or her alone. Try to get your loved one to seek immediate help from his or her doctor or the nearest hospital emergency room, or call 911. Remove any access he or she may have to firearms or other potential tools for suicide, including medications.