Suicide 2nd leading cause of death for those ages 10-24 in California

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Valley News - Health

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new 2018 Fatal Injury Data. In California, suicide is the second leading overall cause of youth death and every 0.67 days on an average a young person age 10-24 is lost to the silent epidemic of youth suicide.

With that being said, suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death. Four out of every five young people who attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs before an attempt. It means in 80% of attempts people have an opportunity to recognize these warning signs and intervene. By knowing the warning signs associated with suicide and knowing how to help, they could save a life.

If you or someone you love is struggling with depression and/or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255, is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

Another great resource for help is The Jason Foundation. The Jason Foundation is dedicated to the awareness and prevention of youth suicide through educational programs that equip youth, parents, educators and the community with the tools and resources to identify and assist at-risk youth. It is a nationally recognized leader in youth suicide prevention and awareness and all programs and materials are available to the public at no cost.

To learn more about the warning signs associated with suicide and how you can help, visit

Submitted by the Jason Foundation.