Year: 2014 Source: Principal Leadership.(2009).10(2):12-16. SIEC No: 20140158

Youth suicide is one of the most serious preventable health problems in the United States. It is the third leading cause of death among adolescents. According to a recent national survey of students in grades 9-12, nearly 15% of respondents had seriously considered suicide and 7% actually had attempted suicide in the previous 12 months. Moreover, suicide can be a contagious behavior that schools have the opportunity–and responsibility–to prevent. Providing assistance in the aftermath of a youth suicide requires a delicate and well-planned approach; responding to the occurrence of multiple youth suicides provides an even greater challenge.