Did you know that survey data by the CDC depicts a worrisome trend among young people since the onset of the nationwide lockdowns? Between March and June, suicide risk rose sharply for Americans across the board. The rise in suicide cases, though, was most pronounced among the nation’s youth. While 11 percent of respondents to the CDC survey had seriously considered suicide, the same figure jumps to 25 percent for people aged 18-24. According to a report from the CDC, from March to October of 2020 mental health-related emergency room visits increased 24 percent for children ages 5 to 11 and 31 percent for children 12 to 17 when compared to the same time in 2019.
According to the latest CDC data for California:
* Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 10-14
* Suicide is the 2rd leading cause of death for ages 12-18
* Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 18-22
What are some warning signs associated with suicide?
* Suicide threats
* Previous suicide attempts
* Making final arrangements
* Out of character behavior
* Feeling like a burden
* Feeling trapped/hopelessness
* Inward rage/anger
* Increased anxiety
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis.