SUICIDE is the THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH FOR 11-21 YEAR-OLDS.
For a quarter of individuals with mood disorders like depression, these first emerge during adolescence.
BETWEEN 1999-2008 28,150 OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE DIED BY SUICIDE.
20% of adolescents have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
20-30% of adolescents have one major depressive episode before they reach adulthood.
BETWEEN 500,000 & ONE MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE ATTEMPT SUICIDE EACH YEAR.
An estimated 67-70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Between 25% and 33% of adolescents forgo needed care.
RATES OF SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS AMONG HOMELESS YOUTH RANGE FROM 19% TO 50%.
There is a high prevalence of depressive symptoms, suicidal thoughts & suicide attempts among adolescents who forgo care due to confidentiality concerns.
Only 45% of adolescents surveyed would seek care for depression if parental notification were required.