Happy August, everyone! I’m hoping you’ve had an amazing summer and that you are gearing up and preparing to finish the year strong! Since it’s back-to-school season, I thought it’d be great to talk about suicide. It’s not a pleasant subject, but one that must be discussed. With the increase in school bullying and cyber bullying, we’re also seeing, unfortunately, an increase in suicide.

When I was growing up, death was something that came to mind when thinking about a senior citizen. Now it’s something that affects children as young as elementary school age. Let’s be aware of the signs and know the statistics so we can have our children and teenagers around for many years to come!

Know the Statistics

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the United States for ages 10-24
  • Daily average of over 3,041 attempts by youth grades 9-12
  • More teens and young adults die from suicide than from many diseases combined

Signs someone may be suicidal

  • Excessive Sadness or Moodiness
  • Hopelessness
  • Sleep Problems
  • Sudden Calmness
  • Withdrawal
  • Recent Trauma/ Life Crisis
  • Making Preparations
  • Threatening Suicide

How Adults Can Play a Role

  • Don’t fear asking if your child, student, or friend is depressed and contemplating suicide
  • Remind individuals at risk that depression is temporary and treatable
  • Encourage individual to seek professional help
  • Do not leave the person alone
  • If necessary, call 911 for emergency assistance

Please take this information and share it. Let’s spread the word. I want us all to be well.

- Dr. Mya


Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (Available 24/7)