Did you know that?
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds;
- One youth completes suicide every 2 hours and 5 minutes, which approximates 11.5 persons each day;
- For every completed suicide by youth, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made; and
- In 2006, more than 33,000 people died by suicide in the U.S.
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6 – 12, 2009. This year’s theme is “A Global Agenda on the Science of Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery. According to the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), suicide prevention is everyone’s business and anyone can participate in Suicide Prevention Week, including schools. BoardBuzz agrees: the statistics above communicate the need for schools to be more proactive about increasing awareness of suicide warnings and signs and helping prevent its incidence among youth.