September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Although suicide can happen to any family, foster youth are at higher risk for attempting or considering suicide.
According to the National Conference of State Legislature, up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to approximately 18-22 percent of the population. Many foster youth have experienced trauma, recurrent transitions, broken family relationships and inadequate access to medical services which lead to mental and physical health problems.
KQED recently published an article on how trauma, abuse and neglect in childhood connects to serious disease in adults.