Facts

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

The damage caused by suicide is significant and has long-term effects. On average, 1 young person kills themselves every two hours and three minutes. In 2008, over 36,000 suicides occurred in the United States, which made suicide the 10th leading cause of death. Unfortunately, suicide was the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. Kentucky is not immune to the problems of suicide as its suicide rate is the 17th highest in the nation. In Kentucky, over 600 lives are lost to suicide each year. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Kentuckians 15-24 years of age. Risk factors for suicide include some features of typical adolescence: relationship problems, loneliness, family problems, and sexual orientation issues just to name a few. Other risk factors include substance abuse and addiction, abuse and interpersonal violence, economic hardship, mental illness and physical illness. Research conducted with U.S. high schoolers revealed 6.3 percent self-reported having attempted suicide one or more times in the previous 12 months; 10.9 percent reported having made a plan for a suicide attempt; and 13.8 percent reported having seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous year. Research indicates each suicide intimately affects at least six other people. Just think: if there is a youth suicide about every two hours, then there are at least six new survivors every two hours and three minutes.

The Stop Youth Suicide (SYS) campaign works to change these statistics. Our mission is to decrease suicide deaths and attempts in the Commonwealth through advocacy, education, training, evaluation and service. We consist of a diverse group of physicians, mental health providers, healthcare administrators, students, volunteers and policymakers who are committed to responding to this pressing issue. Since its inception October 2000, the Stop Youth Suicide campaign has helped hundreds of adolescents and emailed with thousands who have sought help. The SYS website also serves as a resource, providing phone numbers to crisis lines, which have been heavily utilized by teens. SYS also hosts an annual conference that addresses emerging issues in youth suicide.

Since its inception October 2000, the Stop Youth Suicide campaign has helped hundreds of teens and emailed with thousands who have sought help. The SYS website also serves as a resource, providing phone numbers to crisis lines, which have been heavily utilized by teens. SYS also hosts an annual conference that addresses emerging issues in youth suicide. If you have any questions or comments about the Stop Youth Suicide campaign, the annual conference or volunteer opportunities, please e-mail us at ContactMe@stopyouthsuicide.com.

The Stop Youth Suicide campaign needs your help. Please consider volunteering your time and/or making a financial contribution.