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Office of the Indiana Attorney General

ISSI > Teen Suicide > Overview Overview

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Youth suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for young people ages 12 – 18 in our nation today and the THIRD cause for college-age youth (18-22). Suicide even affects pre-teens and is the THIRD leading cause of death for youth ages 10 – 14.

Nationally and in Indiana, youth suicide impacts our communities and families. Suicide among Hoosier teens has increased and now more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is very important that we educate students, educators, youth leaders and parents about the alarming statistics of youth suicide and then begin to work together toward prevention.  The 2015 KIDS COUNT in Indiana Data Book provides us an insight to the impact of youth suicide in our state.

  • Specifically, suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers (15-24) since 2009.  In fact, Indiana has the nation's highest rate of students who have contemplated suicide (19%) and the country's second-highest rate of high school students attempting suicide (11%).
  • Hoosier youth are more likely than their peers nationally to have been treated by a medical professional as a result of a suicide attempt in the past year.
  • Between 2007 and 2011, 1,722 Hoosiers ages 10-19 were treated in an inpatient setting for attempted suicide or self-inflicted injury, and 5,761.
  • Males most commonly use firearms to commit suicide, while females are most likely to use poisoning. 
  • In Indiana, nearly one in every five high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months.   

Today, more than 40 Attorneys General have joined efforts with the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) in addressing the issue of youth suicide. The Jason Foundation (http://www.jasonfoundation.com/) is a national leader in providing educational programs for students, educators, youth leaders and parents. These programs provide the information, tools and resources to identify at-risk youth and find them help.

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office is proud to offer, in collaboration with the JFI, the Parent Resource Program. By visiting The Jason Foundation Web site, you will find an overview of the problem of youth suicide, tools and other resources to help educate participants about prevention efforts.