Youth Suicide



  • Indiana’s suicide rate has been higher than the national average since 1999.
  • According to the 2009 “Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey,” 22% of girls and 12% of boys surveyed in grades 9-12 seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Hoosier teens. 



  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for teens (2nd in Indiana. Accidents and homicide are the 1st and 2nd nationally).
  • Almost 7% of high school students report making a suicide attempt.
  • Over 14% of high school students report suicidal thoughts.
  • Child sexual abuse victims are 7 times more likely to commit suicide
  • In the United States, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds, following accidents and homicides.
  • One in five high school students has thoughts about suicide.
  • 16.9 percent of high school students have made a suicide plan in the past twelve months.
  • One in eleven high school students has made an attempt in the past twelve months.
  • Of school psychologists surveyed, 86 percent have counseled a student who has threatened or attempted suicide.
  • Of those psychologists, 62 percent have had a student make a nonfatal attempt at school.
  • Of those psychologists, 35 percent have had a student in their school die by suicide, and more than half of them reported more than one death.
  • The suicide attempt rate has increased most dramatically for 10 to 14 year-olds.


If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please get help.  Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or text the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7 support.