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Suicide Prevention

People of any age, gender, and background can experience suicidal thoughts. The teenage brain is still developing in the areas of decision-making and judgment, which can make them impulsive and less likely to weigh risks and consequences. This along with less life experience and opportunity for developing supportive social networks can make them vulnerable to suicidal ideation. According to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey of high school students (2021):

  • 42% felt so sad or hopeless almost daily for two or more weeks during the past 12 months that they stopped doing some usual activities
  • 29% experienced poor mental health
  • 22% seriously considered attempting suicide
  • 18% made a plan to attempt suicide
  • 10% attempted suicide

Suicide is preventable.