After Netflix released its popular “Thirteen Reasons Why” original series about a girl who killed herself, the topic of suicide has become viral.
However, suicide has unfortunately already gone viral among teenagers in the United States. According to The Jason Foundation,
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for teens.
- More teens die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
- Each day in the United States, over 5,240 teenagers attempt suicide.
- Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
If you work with youth, it’s not IF you will have a conversation with a teenager about suicide, but WHEN.
Are you prepared? Do you know what to say? Do you know who to contact or what to do?
I have also put together a 3-week sermon series to help youth pastors teach about how to deal with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts in a healthy and godly way. Download the sermon series for free here.