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. Suicide rates have sharply increased across all age groups in the past decade. 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.

This has to change.

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

At children's hospitals across the U.S., hospitalizations for suicidal thoughts and attempts doubled from 2008 to 2015.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

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

How you can help

The reality of child suicide is a heartbreaking one, but we can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. Together, we can help reduce the stigma around talking about suicide and help save lives. Mental health is just as important as physical health.

For parents

Learn the warning signs, risk factors, and how to have a conversation about suicide with your child.

For educators

Share this helpful guide with educators and school administration to learn risk factors and warning signs.

For kids

Empower your child to provide support and learn to tell adults when a friend may be talking about suicide.

At Bark, our mission is to help keep kids safe, and we know that the warning signs for suicide can be hard to spot. We help parents by monitoring their children’s devices at the first signs of depression, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Receiving these alerts can literally be the difference between life and death.