Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. According to the Indiana State Department of Health Youth Risk Behavior Study, one in five Indiana high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year and one in six have made a plan for attempting suicide.
During this presentation attendees will hear a mother’s experience and lessons learned after losing her son to suicide in 2018. Her story emphasizes the importance of reducing stigma around the issue of suicide. Then, Suicide Prevention Across Rush County (SPARC) will provide information on the prevalence of suicidality in Rush County and local suicide prevention resources and opportunities. SPARC Youth Voice representatives will share their story of bringing light to the issue of youth suicide in Rush County.
Working with youth who may be considering suicide can be difficult. Information and education can empower all people, regardless of background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.