Beyond the Screen:
The Hidden Reality of Suicide Among Children, Tweens, and Teens
At Bark, we’re committed to informing, educating, and providing resources to help save lives. For National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we want to help change the conversation around suicide.
Suicide rates have sharply increased across all age groups in the past decade, but most people don’t realize this jump includes teens, tweens, and children as young as 9. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24 - more than deaths by cancer, AIDS, stroke, and birth defects combined.
The statistics are sobering.
high schools girls attempted suicide in 2017
suicides are attempted per day in the U.S.
of LGBTQ students have made a suicide attempt
leading cause of death for young people
Recognize the signs
4 out of 5 young people who attempt suicide will give clear warning signs. It’s crucial that friends and families learn to recognize cries for help.
Oftentimes these warning signs are buried deep in their online activity, including text messages, chat conversations, social media, and emails.
These signs include:
- Talking about suicide / death
- Giving away prized possessions
- Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
- Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior
- Withdrawing from friends and family