Please know you are not alone. Most people experience a mental illness at some point in their life. One in four people live their life with persistent mental health conditions. In fact, three in four with a mental health condition showed signs before the age of 24. What does “mental health condition” mean? It means you are having trouble doing the things you like to do or need to do because of how you feel. Know there are treatments proven to help mental health conditions. Life is precious and resources are available to help you and your loved ones live a full, satisfying and meaningful life. There Are Multiple Avenues of Professional Help. Locally, there are community treatment centers and non-profit organizations. Finding one may be as simple as reaching out to a parent, school counselor, religious leader, neighbor, or trusted friend.
According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), suicide is now the second leading cause of death between the ages of 10 and 24. It results in approximately 4,600 lives lost each year. Each year, approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the U.S. Boys are more likely than girls to die from suicide. Of the reported suicides in the 10 to 24 age group, 81% of the deaths were males and 19% were females. Girls are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys.
As reported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP), studies have shown that about one-third of people who took their lives did not communicate their suicide intent to anyone. This is why it is important to bring awareness to the warning signs of someone who may be considering suicide.