Fact Sheet

 

  • 7 in 100,000 young people between the age of 15-19 die by suicide each year
  • When you break the numbers down, that’s 5 out of every 100,000 girls, and 14 out of every 100,000 boys
  • Between 2007 and 2015 alone, suicide rates doubled among teenage girls and increased by more than 30-percent, among teenage boys
  • In teenage girls, the suicide rate has reached a 40-year high
  • There is one suicide for every estimated 25 suicide attempts. (CDC)
  • Major depression among U.S. teens, especially girls, has jumped 37% in the last decade
  • Experts say there’s no single factor causing this spike. Heavy social media use, substance abuse, mental illness, bullying, economic concerns, and family problems are all risk factors for depression
  • Research shows that teen depression rates are on the rise, yet sigma or fear of asking for help often prevents them from seeking help.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual kids are 3x more likely to attempt suicide at some point in their lives
  • Each time an LGBTQ person is a victim of physical or verbal harassment or abuse, they become 2.5X more likely to hurt themselves

 

Recent News Stories

 

These Social Media Apps are Causing Trouble in Schools

‘Social Media’ and Teen Suicide

The Scary truth about what’s hurting our Kids

Suicide Rate for Teen Girls Hits 40-year High

Suicide Rates For Teen Boys and Girls Are Climbing

Teen Suicide is Hard to Predict

Teen’s death at a football stadium reignites conversation on teen suicide rate
 


Online Resources

The Jason Foundation

STARS

Stopbullying.gov

Cyberbullying Research Center

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Megan Meier Foundation

Look for the Good Project