Youths and Suicide: Spot the Warning Signs
Central Florida Health News|September 2021
Many health experts have noted that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on mental health as of late. September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a time to focus on how to help those who are suffering.
MATT COBBLE

While the national attention turns to children and teens as they begin the school year, it’s important to remember that they, too, can struggle with suicide.

Nationwide, suicide ranks among the top 10 leading causes of death. In Florida, it ranks higher at number 8.

Statistics show that no age bracket is untouched, with suicide ranking as the second-leading cause of death for people 10 to 34 years of age, the fourth-leading cause among people 35 to 54 years of age, and the eighth-leading cause among people 55 to 64 years of age nationwide.1

These numbers do not include the vast amount of non-fatal sef-harm injuries that occur alongside suicide attempts.

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