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An Assessment of Adolescent Suicide Behavior in Anne Arundel County

posted Oct 19, 2009, 10:41 PM by Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team   [ updated Mar 6, 2013, 3:53 AM ]
- Compiled by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health -

Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are a complex mental health issue. Adolescence is a stressful developmental period filled with major changes –physical, mental and emotional. Strong feelings of stress, confusion and self-doubt as well as pressure to succeed can influence a teenager’s problem solving and decision making abilities. For some teens, these changes, when accompanied by other conditions or losses can become overwhelming. For them, suicide may appear to be a solution.

In Anne Arundel County, suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10 to 17, second after unintentional injuries. However, completed suicides do not provide a comprehensive view of the extent of suicide in a community, as many suicide attempts are unreported and self-inflicted injuries may result in minor injury, severe injury or disability rather than death.

In 2007, 13.2 percent of Maryland (14.5 percent of United States) high school students reported that they had seriously considered attempting suicide during the past 12 months and 7.5 percent (6.9 percent in U.S.) reported that they had actually attempted suicide during the same time period. About 2.3 percent (2 percent in U.S.) made a suicide attempt that resulted in an injury, poisoning or overdose that required medical attention... Click the following links to either view or download complete report.     View Download

Youth Suicide Awareness Action Team,
Mar 2, 2013, 12:20 PM