Depression and Suicide: What You Need to Know
The number of young people that die from suicides each year is “a harsh reminder that suicide and suicide attempts are affecting too many youth and young adults,” says Dr. Ileana Arias, director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.2“ We need to make sure suicide prevention efforts are continuous and reaching children and young adults.
By staying involved and being aware of what’s going on in kids’ lives, adults are more likely to be able to recognize the signs of teen depression and help kids successfully deal with difficulties and avoid serious problems.
Did You Know?
- More than one out of every 20 Americans age 12 years or older is currently suffering from depression.3 * Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people.4
- The more Developmental Assets youth have, the less likely they are to frequently experience depression or attempt suicide. Forty-four percent of young people with 0 to 10 assets, compared to 5 percent of youth with 31 to 40 assets, frequently experience depression or have attempted suicide.5
1. Laura Pratt and Debra Brody, “Depression in the United States Household Population,” NCHS Data Brief, no. 7 (2008): 1.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Teen Suicide Rate: Highest Increase in 15 Years,” ScienceDaily (2007), http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070907221530.htm.
3. Pratt, 1.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Suicide Trends Among Youths and Young Adults Aged 10-24 Years, United States, 1990,” MMWR 56, no. 35 (2007): 905-908.
5. Search Institute, Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth, (Minneapolis: Search Institute, 2005), unpublished report.
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