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Problem of Youth Suicide in Wisconsin
High school students:
- -18% of students reported having seriously considered suicide in past 12 months.
- -9% of students reported having attempted suicide in past 12 months
(From Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) 2005)
- -90% of people that die by suicide have a treatable mental illness/substance abuse problem
- -Suicide is 2nd leading cause of death among young people age 15-34 in 2004.
- -More teens and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined.
- -Heavy substance users have 4 times greater risk in completed suicides
- -Suicide attempts are increased 10 times increase with substance use
- -Of suicide completers, 70% have used drugs frequently and 50% have a blood alcohol content (BAC)
(From Lanny Berman, Ph.D., Executive Director American Association of Suicidology (AAS)
- -The most commonly used method of suicide used by males ages 10-19 in 2004 was firearm (2:1), followed by hanging/suffocation.
- -The most commonly used method of suicide used by females ages 10-19 in 2004 was hanging/suffocation; a close second was firearm.
- -There is a greater risk of suicide in rural areas of Wisconsin, than in urban areas.
- -White males ages 15-19 were at greatest risk of suicide by firearm within their age group.
- -White females ages 15-19 were at greatest risk of suicide by other lethal means than by firearm within their age group.
(Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System-Annual Report 2004)