May is Mental Health Awareness Month & Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), for youth between the ages of 10 and d 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death.
· More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.
· It results in approximately 4600 lives lost each year.
· Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12.
· Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
· Kids who are bullied are more than twice as likely to consider suicide, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
· (Information courtesy of kids.gov, nimh.nih.gov, samhsa.gov, cdc.gov, AMA.)
TAKE ACTION to raise awareness of mental health and help eliminate the stigma of the disease so recovery can begin. Not sure where to start….find resources listed below – most offer FREE educational sessions and print materials. Host an awareness event, post info on your website, send a blast to your parent and student groups.
DOING NOTHING is not an option.
The steps you take may just be the ones that help save a life.