Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 15 to 24. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there is…

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between the ages of 15 to 24. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there is an estimated 25 suicide attempts for each one that is completed. Statistics indicate that there is a correlation between a teen’s gender and suicide. Teen girls think about and attempt suicide twice as often as teen boys and yet teenage boys are four times more likely to die from suicide in comparison. It seems that these statistics have a lot to do with the methods that boys and girls are more likely to carry out when attempting suicide. Girls are more likely to attempt suicide by overdosing on drugs or cutting themselves while boys are more likely to attempt suicide by firearms, hanging, or jumping from heights. Since teenage boys use more lethal methods and have higher suicide completion rates, there is often little opportunity to receive treatment after a suicide attempt and prevent future attempts. Suicide is a major health concern for teenagers and it is starting to become understood that that a teen suicide attempt is a call for help and intervention is essential to prevention.


– Dyanne