Hoping We Can Prevent Teen Suicide

Logo National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Eleven days…families shattered, possibilities destroyed, lives changed forever.
Four teenagers committed suicide in Douglas County, Colorado in an eleven day period in early February.  Shocking? It was shocking enough to become headline news because of the number of young people lost in such a short period of time. Most teen suicides go unreported in the media because it isn’t news anymore.

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • 157,000 young people between the ages of 10-24 receive medical attention for self inflicted injuries each year…an average of almost 18 teens every hour, every day or an attempt every four minutes.
  • An average of 4,600 of them succeed…twelve per day, or one, on average, every two hours. EVERY TWO HOURS!

Why would a young person with their life ahead of them just give up? There are a number of reasons including depression, bullying and drug abuse. They lose hope.

I want to scream from the rooftops, “Don’t give up, there’s hope!”

You are worthy of respect, hope and happiness. I want to share the air I breathe with you so you can reach for the sky. You are beautiful, and unique and full of possibilities. You don’t have to be alone in your pain. There are other people who have been where you are and so desperately want to help. Just ask.

Several possible resources for teens and the people who love them:

It Gets Better Project
National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Helpline
1-800-273-8255

Michelle

I’m going to share this as well. I work with teens who are suicidal and often times, what is happening, is that a lot of them haven’t been taught skills that allow them to see other ways out of a situation. A lot of them say to me that they don’t know any other way out other than to kill themselves to stop feeling the way they do. Thank you so much for posting:)

Teresa Kander

Those stats are heartbreaking. I almost became one of them at 18–now I look back at the things that got me to that point and think how trivial they seem, and how much I would have missed if I’d been successful in my attempt.

jamie@southmainmuse

So, so very important. When we are at the end — sometimes having that thought of someone listening maybe all we need to get over the crisis of the moment. Such an important message.

Kristi Campbell

My dad’s ex girlfriend’s daughter’s son (following?) committed suicide. It was horrible, and heartbreaking and SO unnecessary. He’d been bullied by some boys on the football team. And now, his mom’s mission in life is to educate. I admire her so much. I’d want to die, too. So so sad…

jasteck

Michelle, Thank you for your work with teenagers. It’s so important and I know you are making an incredible difference in the lives of our young people.

jasteck

What would we do without hope, Aussa? I’ve faced that hopeless feeling before and it’s horrible.

jasteck

Teresa, Thank God you are still here with us and thank you for sharing a tough part of your life. You are an inspiration!

jasteck

Thanks for stopping by, Jamie. I hope young people struggling with life are willing to open up. There are plenty of people who are waiting to listen and help them. I think you hit the nail on the head…just someone to listen to us can make a big difference.

jasteck

What a tragedy, Kristi. I can’t imagine living without my son. I hope his mom finds some peace through her commitment to make a difference in this critical area. Young people have so much to offer to all of us. They are our future.

Kat

This is a very painful subject for me. My sister-in-law took her own life 12 years ago and it hurts as much today as it did then. Suicide not only ends a life far too soon but also destroys those left behind. Thank you for spreading this message and telling young people that there IS another way. Those in the depths of despair need to hear this and often.

jasteck

Oh, Kat. I’m so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. I can’t even imagine how difficult that has been. I know I’ve been concerned about some of my family members at times. Thankfully, they’ve managed to work their way through the pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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