Depression and Suicide: What You Need to Know

Depression and suicide are issues that affect millions of youth and adults around the world. Unfortunately, while depression is a treatable condition, most young people don’t get even minimal care1. And if it’s left untreated, depression can lead to self-harm or suicide.

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),

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 Search Institute, Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth, (Minneapolis: Search Institute, 2005), unpublished report.



I think bullying is serious and like how your doing things PUT IN MORE THINGS ABOUT IT i want to know more pelese

Submitted by Anonymous on Fri 2011-24-12:00
I think that only 40% of the parents know about this terrible problem that is afecting the hole world.Tthis terrible situation has to be with 2 factors the loose of love, and
education also, responsability. My questioon is. Have we forgotten the laws, and rules that Jesus Crist taught us?

I haven’t read it yeat but depression comes quickly and sudden if families aren’t well suited to adapt with there child’s way of unique qualities.
Parents eaither feel its a threat or a problem in which they can’t understand or want to if there child is acting to silly or to nice.
The parents who aren’t good parents do not have the faith, or strengths to have the time for there child.
If a child sustains to much in school, they need someone to rely upon and if that parent is not right in the head or does not have paticient – they too will inflict harm to his kid.
Parents need to know bringing a child into this world has great responsibilities and it doesn’t mean more money to them but it means acting like an adult and handling situations and if they lack it seek help to find ways to make that kid happy and manage there life in a good way and not in the wrong way.
I have more to say but another time. JS

how do you know when a child is really unhappy, or just being a teenage girl?

my granddaughter is five and she is being bullied by a girl in her class but she is showing signs of depression. we have taken steps to stop this. it is so frustrating.

My son is 15 and gets bullied at school everyday. He is to the piont where it is over taken his behavior . I am sick of the schools not doing anything. This has been going on since 4th grade and now he is in 9th grade.The school says it’s just boys being boys. I am so sick of the excuses . I am so done with this.
I am going to the school today .I am going to ask one more time for something to be done,if not I will be getting a lawyer. My son does not deserve to be treated like this ,NO ONE DOES. God made us all different for a reason. Please hang in there if u r going through this also,I am done lefting going of things.

i know how it feels to want to die and kill yourself i lost my father and mom , mother at age 3 foater at age 13 .

For the parent of the 15 y/o who is being bullied –

I had the same situation with a 15 y/o daughter. I did just what you are planning- marched into the school and demanded change saying that my daughter couldn’t bear going to school that day to be subjected to bullying. The girl who was bullying her even used to be her friend – our family had been very kind to her last fall! Now she was almost stalking my daughter to be places where my daughter’s path would cross so the bully could put my daughter down in ways she knew would hurt. I used the “L” word – “If this doesn’t change we will take legal action”. I demanded that this girl not SAY ANOTHER WORD to my daughter. So far, it is working! I’ve also heard to document EVERYTHING, have your son report EVERY incident. Be very careful not to threaten the bully yourself – it’s sad, but I’ve read about how parents trying to protect their child get in legal trouble (trying to directly tell the bully to back off). But if the school won’t take action, do what you have to in order to protect your son – it’s hard to make changes but take him to a different school that has better policies and where he can make a fresh start.

the information is great and i am sad of youth behavier

Why do people cyber bully people it started with physicly bulling people and now it got so out of hand it began becoming a problem on the internet this has to stop this is just making the world worse many people became so deprssed they commited suicide like Amanda Todd like a year ago this is so stupid the people and the technolegy UNBELIVEABLE

My Son was bullied at school and so was my daughter. I notified the school about my sons issues and they wouldn’t put a stop to it. So my son got the courage to tell the bully to leave him alone and the Bully punched him in the face and my son was expelled and charged with misconduct and had to pay $200.00 in court fines. So I signed him up for boxing lessons. He only went for 6-8 mo but it was enough he learned how to defend him self and also gained self confidence. The Bullying came to a complete stop. My daughter had a problem with a Bully at School My daughter was hit in the face several times on the bus on camera. There was evidence to prove the bullying and several reports to the school. The School police officer refused to even look at the video tape and press charges. Then I told my daughter we have tried everything including a sit down with the Bullies Dad and my self and my friends daughter. We talked about getting along and how the fighting needed to stop. Well it kept on happening. So I marched in the school and said its time for a change and I want it now! I told my daughter in front of the school officials the next time that girl puts her hands on her she had the right to defend her self and my daughter also took boxing with my son and did very well at it. The school secretary interrupted me very rudely and said to my daughter if she defends her self the zero tolerance policy will have her expelled. I then told the lady i didn’t give a damn about school policy I am explaining the law to my daughter and the law says you have the right to defend your self from bodily harm period. The secretary called the police and he showed up acting like her boy friend or someone of special interest to her Ego protection. He told me that I could be 86ed from the school if I did not shut my mouth and even arrested. I responded with I don’t care I haven’t done anything wrong my daughter is being bullied and I am telling her the next time the girl hits her she has my permition under Idaho state law to hit the girl back in self defense and I had no problem paying all my daughters legal bills. The officer was told there was a video showing my daughter being hit in the face on a school bus camera and I wanted to press charges they refused to press charges and never went to see the video. I put in a public records request for a copy of the video and they never responded to my request until I came back over 20 times. They told me the tape was erased and is being reused at this time. So my Friend and I moved our daughters to another school but the bus stops are real close to each other. The Bully started showing up and calling my daughter names then recording my daughters responses then her dad and his friend followed my daughter home and was calling her names and intimidating her she was crying and afraid. I had her jump inside my truck I went to the bullies house and confronted both her dad and his friend about what they done to my Daughter and was going to beat the crap out of them. I decided to get in my truck and leave because I was going to lay down some hate. Then the guy had enough nerve to come to my house a week later looking for some more trouble I came so close to kicking his butt. I hope he does not come back. district 25 in Pocatello Idaho . Some one needs to fix the problem there its bad two kids recently killed them selves over being bullied I am sick of it.


This was a great source of help

i have bullied someone and i feel terrible about it

District 25 in pocatello idaho doesn’t care about our kid’s they want them medicated or in jail cash for kid’s or to commit suicide. They put my daughter in detention for being pushed down the stairs at school and Landing on another gal. They wanted to charge her with battery. It’s BS.

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