Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The most recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of teenagers in grades nine through twelve, in both public and private schools, found:
• 17.7 percent of students reported seriously considering suicide in the previous month!
• Of those, 14.6 percent had made a plan as to how they would attempt suicide
• 8.6 percent had attempted suicide at least once
• 2.8 percent had made a suicide attempt that led to poisoning, injury, or an overdose
No complete count is kept of suicide attempts in the United States; however, each year the CDC gathers data from hospitals on nonfatal injuries from self-harm. And that estimate, say many experts, is low. Why? There’s a big stigma around suicide. You know, it’s one of those hush-hush subjects that gets pushed under the rug. People don’t like to talk about suicide. And they don’t want to report it.
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