According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • Over the last 10 years, suicide rates among youth aged 10 to 17 have increased 88%
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for this age group, and accounts for more deaths than all natural causes combined
  • In 2017, 17% of high-school aged adolescents reported seriously considering suicide and 7% made an attempt
  • The greatest increase in suicide rates over the past decade are among 10 to 14 year-olds, particularly girls
  • Native American youth have the highest suicide rates, at two to three times the national average
  • African-American, Latinx and multi-racial youth report higher rates of suicide attempts than their white counterparts
  • LGBTQ+ youth are 3-5x more likely to make a suicide attempt than non-LGBTQ+ youth, with 23% of LGB youth and 40% of transgender youth attempting during adolescence
  • MOST YOUTH EXPERIENCING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIOR DO NOT RECEIVE TREATMENT 

Using animation, video demonstrations, and interactive exercises, this module provides guidance to clinicians about conducting screening and risk assessment when working with suicidal youth and their families.