Myth: Young people rarely think about suicide.
Reality: Teens and suicide are more closely linked than adults might expect. In a survey of 15,000 grade 7 to 12 students in British Columbia, 34% knew of someone who had attempted or died by suicide; 16% had seriously considered suicide; 14% had made a suicide plan; 7% had made an attempt and 2% had required medical.
In Canada, suicide is the second highest cause of death for youth aged 10-24. Each year, on average, 294 youths die from suicide. Many more attempt suicide.>
In the US, suicide is the third leading cause of death. Suicide rates among youths aged 15-24 and for every youth suicide completion, there are nearly 400 suicide attempts. An important explanatory variable is the increased share of youths living in homes with a divorced parent.