Youth suicide statistics
Indiana’s suicide rate has been higher than the national average since 1999.
According to the 2009 “Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey,” 22% of girls and 12% of boys surveyed in grades 9-12 seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Hoosier teens.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for teens (2nd in Indiana. Accidents and homicide are the 1st and 2nd nationally).
Almost 7% of high school students report making a suicide attempt.
Over 14% of high school students report suicidal thoughts.
Child sexual abuse victims are 7 times more likely to commit suicide
In the United States, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds, following accidents and homicides.
One in five high school students has thoughts about suicide.
16.9 percent of high school students have made a suicide plan in the past twelve months.
One in eleven high school students has made an attempt in the past twelve months.
Of school psychologists surveyed, 86 percent have counseled a student who has threatened or attempted suicide.
Of those psychologists, 62 percent have had a student make a nonfatal attempt at school.
Of those psychologists, 35 percent have had a student in their school die by suicide, and more than half of them reported more than one death.
The suicide attempt rate has increased most dramatically for 10 to 14 year-olds.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please get help.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or text the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7 support.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741 - Free, 24/7, Confidential