Teen Suicide Sam Hoffman John Torppey Jeremy Allen Facts • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in teenagers • 19.3% of high school students contemplate suicide • 14.5% make plans to attempt suicide • 8.3% attempt suicide • In 2005 712,000 teens attempted suicide More Facts • Suicide rate for teens has tripled since the 1950s • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students • 1.5 out of 100 college students attempts suicide every year • Males attempt suicides 5x more than females • In the US, 11 people from ages 15-24 commit suicide every day. Problem • Too many teenagers are contemplating, making plans, and attempting suicide. • With certain bills being sent to Congress, this problem can be stopped. • We want to improve and expand suicide prevention and community healing and response training under the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. Suicide Prevention Bills • In Florida, Governor Charlie Crist signed into law Senate Bill 434. This bill requires suicide prevention education to all high school students. • Bill HB4672, in the 96th General Assembly, requires all school workers to be trained for 2 hours in suicide prevention for grades 7-12. Governement Official on Suicide Prevention • Florida Governor Charlie Crist says, "Teachers and other school personnel are one of the first lines of defense when it comes to protecting our youth and ensuring their well-being. This legislation is a step in the right direction to increase the public’s awareness of suicide prevention” Getting the word out • On Wednesday, December 8th, we walked around in downtown Wheaton asking people on the street about the suicide prevention bill in Florida. Everyone thought this bill was a great thing that would hopefully catch fire and be headed to Illinois schools. We received no negative responses. Personal Connection • Ryan Mademann, a 2007 Wheaton North graduate, took his life in April of 2009. Had people known how to prevent suicide, a life could have been saved. This is why we need suicide prevention education. Why We Care • Teenagers do not know how to help themselves or get help. If they knew how to do these things, many deaths would be prevented • The first step is to call 1-800-SUICIDE • An operator will talk you through your situation and get you the help you need Signals of Suicide • If you notice any signs at all of suicidal behaviors, tell some one and ask them about it too. • An 18-year-old from New York typed “Jumping off the gw bridge sorry.” for millions to see over the internet. Four days later his body was found floating in the Hudson River. “anything but painless” • People who attempt • …Most jumpers suffer suicide are often a terrible death, with under the impression massive internal that you just free-fall injuries, broken into an abyss when bones, and skull you jump off a high fractures. Some die structure when in from internal bleeding fact… and drowning too Solution • If the bills we stated earlier become laws, suicide prevention education will be taught throughout the US and will bring a decrease in suicides. The best way to get our solution to work, is for Congress to pass the suicide prevention education bills. Take Action Now • Many people will die from suicide even today… 11 on average • The sooner the Suicide Prevention Education bills get passed, the sooner that number drops.