As Hooiser kids head back to class a new study shows too many of them have been thinking about suicide.
“1 in 5 Hoosier high school students have seriously considered attempting suicide,” Tami Silverman said.
The suicide rate among teen girls reached a forty year high in 2015, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. And Indiana is second in the nation.
“Unfortunately, Indiana is higher then the nation in all four categories,” Tami Silverman said. “And what that means is that we do break it down into four different categories; those students who have seriously consider attempting suicide, those who have made a plan to attempt suicide, those who have actually attempted suicide, those who have actually attempted and needed medical attention. And again we are higher in all four of the categories in Indiana than in the nation.”
Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Tami Silverman says that the suicide numbers for girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are much higher than for boys of the same age.
“All those stats are higher for girls,” Silverman said. “Girls are 2 times more likely to consider suicide than boys, they are more likely to make and plan and they are more likely to attempt and need medical attention.”
And that number hits close to home.
“The one that really rings true to my heart is our, young people,” Rick Cook said. “And when we see a situation like the dramatic numbers we’ve discovered among the youth in Indiana, especially in Clay and Vigo county, where children have partly no hope for the future that when things get tough we have the number you see”
That’s why on Tuesday, August 15th the Hamilton Center is hosting Youth Mental Health First Aid Training at the First United Methodist Church in Brazil.
Those who attend the free event, will learn to better understand, to recognize, to provide help and more importantly be a source of help for the youth in clay county when it comes to suicide.
Pastor Rick Cook says that in order to decrease the number of teen suicides, we must first have be aware of the situation.
“We do think there is a lot of value in people being aware,” Cook said. “Sometimes we can say well we just didn’t know. So awareness is a huge fact in being able to treat this situation.”
And in order to treat the situation, Cook says the community must come together.
“The answer always comes from people reaching out to other people,” Cook said. “That’s why it’s important to us as a church and more importantly to us as Clay county and Vigo county, because we are in those numbers. Those numbers represent us. These are our kids. And we currently need to be some of the focus and some of the force and that comes out to responds to this.”
If you would like to attend the event you can register online here or show up the day of.