1 in 4 high school students report feeling so sad or helpless in last year that they stopped doing regular activities
1 out of 7 high school student report seriously considering suicide in the last year
Nearly 1 in 8 high school students made a plan on how to commit suicide in last year
6% (nearly 1,000) of high school students report attempting suicide in last year. Each year, over 100 adolescents are admitted to hospital for suicide attempts
In past 20 years, 75% of adolescent suicides were among 15-17 year olds
Source: Knox County Health Department: Epidemiology Program. (2014). 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Knoxville, Tennessee: Knox County Health Department.; Knox County Child Fatality Review data, 1996-2016
Myth About Teen Suicide
MYTH: Talking about suicide plants the idea in someone’s head.
FACT: Talking about suicide can actually open up communication about the topic and help someone in need.
MYTH: All teenagers are “hormonal” and this is just a phase.
FACT: Take any threat of suicide or self-harm seriously.
MYTH: Suicide only happens if a child is being bullied.
FACT: Though bullying can be a contributing factor, it isn’t always true.
MYTH: Teenagers who talk about suicide are just trying to get attention.
FACT: Someone who commits suicide usually talks about it first. Always take talk about suicide seriously.
MYTH: Suicide always occurs without any warning signs.
FACT: There are almost always warning signs.
MYTH: Once people decide to commit suicide, there is not stopping them.
FACT: Suicide can be prevented and most people don’t want to die, just to stop their pain.
Are you a parent? For information on talking to your teen able mental health and suicide, click here.
East Tennessee Mental Health Association Website
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Resources
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: Talking to your Kids about Suicide
National Suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call is routed to the nearest crisis center to you.