Empowering students through education, leadership & community
- Help students understand their value and support their journey to self-acceptance
- Assist students in finding, acknowledging and accepting their self-worth
- Provide students with a safe and healthy environment for peer-to-peer communication
- Guide students in creating a kind, positive and accepting environment within their school
- Encourage an open dialogue between students and highly respected community professionals regarding sensitive topics, questions, problems and concerns commonly encountered by teens
- Promote the importance of supporting and protecting one another from negative influences
- Educate students on the importance of maintaining healthy, respectful and courteous personal and social media relationships
- Serve as a liaison between CISD schools and community professionals to help meet the needs of students
CURRENT Youth Suicide Statistics & Risks
o Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2013 CDC WISQARS)
o Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2013 CDC WISQARS)
o More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
o Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by 7-12th graders.
o Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs
- The Jason Foundation, Jasonfoundation.com
Who is at Risk?
There is a “Silent Epidemic” sweeping through our nation that claims an average of approximately 100+ young lives each week. It knows no social, racial or economic barriers. This “Silent Epidemic” is youth suicide! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey over ONE out of every THIRTEEN young people in our nation attempted suicide in the previous 12 months.
— The Jason Foundation
Higher Risk Groups
Youth suicide is a serious, national health problem affecting our young people today. Although there is really no stereotypical “suicidal type” young person, the statistics on youth suicide indicate that some groups are at a higher risk for suicide than others. Suicide knows no boundaries; it occurs across all age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries.
Females attempt suicide more than 3x as often as males; however, males die by suicide more than 4x as often as females. In the age 10 to 24 group, 81% of the suicide deaths were males and 19% were females.
Cultural variations also exist in suicide rates.
- Native American/Alaskan Native youth have the highest rates of suicide-related fatalities.
- Caucasian youth have the second highest rates of suicides.
- African-American youth have the third highest rates of suicides.
- Hispanic youth are more likely to report having attempted suicide than their black and white, non-Hispanic peers.
LGBTQ youth are often considered to be at higher risk for suicide than their heterosexual peers.
- 81.9% of LGBT students have experienced harassment at school because of their sexual orientation
- 63.5% have felt unsafe at school
- 60.4% of LGBT students never reported an incident of harassment or assault to school personnel.
- The Jason Foundation