Child Suicide is 2nd Leading Cause of Death

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

According to the NC Child Health Report Card, SUICIDE is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10-17.  This is a staggering statistic that has nearly doubled in the past decade.   What is happening in the world today to where so many children are considering suicide?


Children today face challenges that were not existent decades ago.  People have their own beliefs of why this is true, e.g. lack of parental support, social media, barriers to mental health services, and more.  Whatever you may think is the reason for an increase in the youth suicide rate, there are several risk factors that contribute to this statistic.  Children and youth today experience persistent and toxic stress, like abuse, lack of food, parents who suffer from sickness or addiction, extreme poverty, and more.  In addition, bullying is a known factor of suicidal thoughts.  Children lack the skills to cope with bullying, and do not understand the implications of bullying others.  Furthermore, children with mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, are more likely to think about suicide attempts.    


Youth Suicide is something that society does not want to talk about.  But the statistics are clear - YOUTH SUICIDE IS AN ISSUE.  As a society we need to do more to protect our children and the future.  Protecting children starts early.  Social-emotional services and therapies help children learn to interact with others and handle emotions. Let’s work together to support children regardless of their circumstances so that they think about their bright futures and not about ending them.



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