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: