There is an international crisis … youth suicide. According to new psychological data collected by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“Suicidal ideation is up among young people since last year, with as many as one in four people ages 18 through 24 having seriously considered suicide in the 30 days preceding the survey, according to the report, in which researchers surveyed 5,412 adults in the US between June 24 and 30.
In the general US population, the CDC reported that 11% of adults surveyed had seriously considered suicide in the past 30 days before they completed the survey. Among those identifying as Black or Hispanic, the numbers were worse: 19% of Hispanics reported suicidal ideation and 15% of Blacks reported suicidal thoughts.
With the pressures of the economy, the increased scrutiny on racial injustice, and the looming specter of the presidential election, it’s hard for many to feel like things might turn out okay. The stress is disproportionately falling on the young.
Considered Suicide in the past 30 Days (CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report):
- Ages 18-24 25.5%
- Ages 25-44 16.0%
- Ages 45-64 3.8%
- Ages ≥ 65 2.0%
Ways to Seek Help
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention recommends that those needing emotional support related to Covid-19 should call the Disaster Distress Helpline (800-985-5990), or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
And if you’re experiencing a suicidal crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text the Crisis Text line by texting HOME to 741741 to get help.
(Ryan Prior, “1 in 4 young people are reporting suicidal thoughts. Here’s how to help,” CNN Health, August 15, 2020)
Until the whole world accepts Jesus,
Josh D. McDowell