According to a report by UC Davis Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-24. The CDC published a study last year examining suicide rates for the same age group from 2000-2018, and found that the rates alarmingly increased by 57.4% between the years 2007 and 2018.
The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has researchers concerned more than ever about youth suicide risk. Early studies show that there was a 31% increase in the proportion of mental health–related ER visits for teens aged 12–17 in 2020 compared to 2019. With the uncertainty of the Delta Variant and the beginning of a new school year, it’s crucial that educators understand the warning signs of youth suicide and also have resources to handle mental health crises when they happen.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common warning signs of youth suicide include:
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Vector LiveSafe improves your ability to receive valuable tips and track, manage, and respond to incidents and emergencies, resulting in increased student safety and wellness across your school community. The safety communications platform can be accessed through the Vector LiveSafe mobile app, where students can report incidents of:
The app can be customized to meet the needs of your school and student population, and now includes the option to add a silent panic alarm for emergencies.