Monday, February 19, 2007

Suicide and America's Youth

Suicide awareness and prevention among America's youth is critical. Each person's life has inestimable value and suicide devastates not only the surviving family and close friends but the entire community.

The Jed Foundation was born following one such tragedy. Jed Satow, a college sophomore, died by suicide without anyone understanding that his life was in danger. Honoring the memory of Jed Satow, the Jed Foundation is committed to reducing the young adult suicide rate by

  • enhancing understanding of the underlying causes of suicide,
  • increasing awareness of the issue of college student mental health and suicide, and
  • creating effective prevention programs on college campuses.

Important Suicide Facts from the Jed Foundation

  • There are 3 suicides for every 2 homicides nationwide
  • Suicide is the 8th ranking cause of death in the United States
  • There is one suicide every 17 minutes
  • There are 4 male suicides for every female suicide. However, at least twice as many females as males attempts suicide
Youth and Suicide
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students
  • Suicide attempts pose the greatest life-threatening danger for college women
  • The rate of suicide among young males has tripled since 1970
  • Almost 1,100 suicides are projected to occur on campuses this year
  • Among college students, 7.5 of every 100,000 take their own lives
  • 4 out of 5 young adults who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs
  • 18-24 year-olds think about suicide more often then any other age group, and one in twelve U.S. students makes a suicide plan
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among the young overall (ages 15-24)
  • Every hour and forty-five minutes another young person commits suicide
  • The National College Health Risk Behavior Study found that 11.45 of students seriously considers suicide
  • Up to 60% of high school students report thinking about suicide at least once in their lives
  • In 1998, suicide killed more young adults then AIDS, cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, birth defects, stoke, influenza and chronic lung disease combined


the Jed Foundation Click here to visit site
Suicide Prevention Resource Center Online Library Click here to visit site

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