Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among persons, ranged from the ages 10-34 years old according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017, trailing behind accidents and homicide. In a national survey among high school students, 16% of students considered suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reported that they tried to commit suicide in the past 12 months. Girls were more likely to attempt, and boys were more likely to die from their attempts. Such statistics and related leads us to consider what interventions could have been implemented to prevent such outcomes.
While adolescents may face new challenges on a daily basis, some could be perceived as negative events: academic pressure, fear of failure, social pressure, uncertainty about their future; however, I believe that through creating meaningful routines, healthy habits, and reaching out to trusted adults and peers, one can overcome these feelings of hopelessness and despair. Providing a shared safe environment where individuals can express concern and feel some sense of community may indeed be the first step in feeling support and better understood.