Suicide Touches Everyone
Submitted by Jackie Schoening, Regional Coordinator
Suicide touches everyone - all ages and all backgrounds, all racial and ethnic groups, in all parts of the county and every socioeconomic group and education level. The emotional toll it leaves behind remains long after the event.
Nationally, Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers (CDC, 2010) unfortunately; it is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in Wisconsin. (MHA-W, 2009). The 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey State Sample found:
- 22.7% of students reported feeling so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing some usual activities.
- 13.5% of students reported having seriously considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months.
- 11.5% of students reported having made a plan about how they would attempt suicide in the last 12 months.
- 6.7% of students reported having attempted suicide at least once in the last 12 months
As a state, the rates of suicide continues to rise, exceeding those of neighboring states and has remained higher than the national rate for about a decade. Wisconsin's suicide rate has been higher than the national average since 1998 and has continued to rise, while the national rate has remained relatively consistent. We know that suicide crisis centers in Wisconsin and across the nation have seen an increase in calls since the recession hit. Stigma over discussing suicidal thoughts, lack of access to mental health care and insufficient funding are barriers to suicide prevention.
As an educator, you have day to day contact with many young people. There are steps you can take to reduce suicide risk among your students READ MORE