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Youth suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for young people ages 12 – 18 in our nation today and the THIRD cause for college-age youth (18-22). Suicide even affects pre-teens and is the THIRD leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 14.
Nationally and in Indiana, youth suicide impacts our communities and families. Suicide among Hoosier teens has increased and now more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is very important that we educate students, educators, youth leaders and parents about the alarming statistics of youth suicide and then begin to work together toward prevention. The 2015 KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book provides us an insight to the impact of youth suicide in our state.
Today, more than 40 Attorneys General have joined efforts with the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) in addressing the issue of youth suicide. The Jason Foundation (http://www.jasonfoundation.com/) is a national leader in providing educational programs for students, educators, youth leaders and parents. These programs provide the information, tools and resources to identify at-risk youth and find them help.
The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is proud to offer, in collaboration with the JFI, the Parent Resource Program. By visiting The Jason Foundation Web site, you will find an overview of the problem of youth suicide, tools and other resources to help educate participants about prevention efforts.