Suicide is now the leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 14 in Ohio

(Ohio) – Five people die by suicide every day in Ohio.

A report recently released by the Ohio Department of Health brings attention to staggering results regarding suicide in Ohio children. The report highlights an increasing number of suicides across age groups throughout the state noting it is now the leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 14 and the second leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 34.

The report indicates that suicide deaths have increased by 45% over the last decade. From 2007-2018, the suicide rate among older adults 65 and older increased by nearly 48%. Officials also noted that research shows over 90 percent of death by suicide includes a mental illness of some kind.

WARNING SIGNS

Take a minute to learn the warning signs of suicide.

  • A major change in mood or behavior – appearing consistently unhappy/depressed, irritable, withdrawn from family or friends
  • Poor grades in school or other bad performance in extra-curricular activities
  • High-risk behaviors, including the use of alcohol or other substances
  • Problems with concentration, and changes in energy level, appetite or sleep schedule
  • Saying they feel hopeless or don’t want to live anymore
  • Hurting themselves (e.g., wrist-cutting, burning self)
  • History of depression or family history of depression

WHAT TO DO

If a friend or family member is showing signs of suicide, here are some things you can do.

  • Ask directly about thoughts of suicide – asking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicide but does open up the conversation
  • Listen to what they need
  • Keep them safe by keeping lethal means (firearms pills) away from them
  • Call 911 if necessary
  • Help them connect with ongoing support, such as a local crisis line, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or the Crisis Text Line (text “4hope” to 741 741)
  • Check back the next day to see how they’re doing
  • Encourage them to seek out a counselor for more help

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