Sunday, February 23, 2014

Taboo Topic: Part 2 - Who are You(th) ... to be Alive?!

Posting #100! Definitely not a popular or romantic topic; however, one that is important to be aware of and discuss.

Did you know, one of the major causes of death for children and youth (in North America) is suicide?

According to the 2013 Brain Solutions Conference, the following info is from the World Health Organization): In 2020, the medical burden on health globally, will be Mental Health!

* 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from mental illness
* 3.2 million young people ages 12 to 19 are at risk for developing depression
* 75% of mental disorders develop by the age of 24

Suicide is the second leading cause of death of young people after accidents. Or could it be disguised as such? According to one of the keynote speakers, suicide was the #1 cause of death in one State in America!

What can we do individually and as a society to change the stigma and statistics of mental illness and suicide, especially in youth?

1 comment:

  1. Just saw a YouTube video, Right by You, part of Nonprofit Video Awards. AT the end, this comment displays: "Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death among youth."