We want this trend to go down.
In 2019, the percentage of adolescents that had made a suicide plan in the past year (YRBS) was 13%.
The act of making a suicide plan can be an impulsive reaction to a life challenge that may be mitigated by short term supports, or an indication of a more serious mental illness requiring longer treatment. Either way the indicator of suicide planning identifies youth who were at high risk of suicidal action and therefore in need of immediate mental health support to remain safe at some point during the year. Untreated mental health issues can result in serious negative outcomes for the health and development of adolescents. Mental health is measured in the YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) with one question addressing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness and four questions on suicidal ideation or action. Suicidal ideation or action questions assess consideration of and planning for suicide, attempting suicide, and being medically treated for suicide attempts.
The data is collected from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. For more data on suicide mortality and self-harm morbidity, please visit http://www.healthvermont.gov/health-statistics-vital-records/surveillance-reporting-topic/injuries
The Vermont Departments of Health and Mental Health are collaborating with community partners to reduce these rates. One Agency cannot turn the curve alone; there are many partners who have a role to play making a difference.
Suicide is often preventable. If you or someone you know needs help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273 TALK — A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7