Year: 2021 Source: Fort Lauderdale, FL: Author. (2020). 56 p. SIEC No: 20210082

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention5, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10-24. In 2017, 296 deaths by suicide for 10-24-year-olds occurred in Florida, ranking our state 21st in the nation for the number of deaths by suicide.
Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem. More young people survive suicide attempts than die. In addition, more youth are reporting that they have seriously thought about killing themselves and made a plan. Specifically, in the National High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)11, administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Spring of 2019, the following data was revealed. The data was compiled and released in the Fall of 2020. The YRBS for Broward County revealed that 10.9% of students reported attempting suicide in the previous 12 months. In the survey, 3.7% of youth reported a suicide attempt that needed to be treated by a doctor or nurse. In 2019, 18.6% of students reported seriously considering suicide during the 12 months before the survey. Finally, 14.2% of students reported that they had made a plan on how they would kill themselves within the past 12 months.