Empowering those to talk about suicide and speak out rather than conceal the feeling.
- Maintain current statistics of suicide.
- Provide presentations to businesses, schools, community centers, etc focusing suicide awareness
- Mentor adolescents about suicide prevention
Crew: Classmates recognizing everyone's worth
Helping Empower Adolescents to Reject Thoughts of Suicide (HEARTS)
What To Look For
In 2017, there were 32 suicide deaths, seven of which were age 14 or younger. The Kansas youth suicide rate continues to climb, despite a decline in the overall child death rate. Of the 32 youths who died by suicide, 66% had previously received or were receiving mental health services at the time of their death. In 28% of the deaths, the youth had a history of substance abuse.
Suicide remains the third leading cause of death for the 5-14 age-group. Suicide remains the second leading cause of death for the 15-24 age-group.
In 2017, the CDC conducted a survey to determine high school youth risk behavior. Almost 30% felt sad or hopeless for 2 or more weeks, %16 of freshman considered attempting suicide, 13% of freshman had a plan, and 8.5% attempted suicide one or more times.
Kansas State Child Death Review Board 2019: Suicide – death due to the intentional taking of one’s own life.