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Youth suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for young people ages 15 – 24 in our nation today and the SECOND cause for college-age youth. Suicide even affects pre-teens and is the FOURTH 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 ranks ahead of murder as a cause of death for Indiana teenagers. In fact, teen suicides have outnumbered homicides in three of the last four years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 99 Indiana youth between the ages of 10 and 24 committed suicide in 2004. All 92 Indiana counties have suffered at least one youth suicide in the last 10 years.
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. In the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, conducted by the CDC, Indiana results provide us an insight to the impact of youth suicide in our state.
*Projected using 2007 YRBS and 2005 school population figures from U. S. Department of Edcuation
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.