INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Police in Marion are searching for answers into 14-year-old Braylee Rice's suicide.
They say they're interviewing students and working to separate fact from rumor.
Rice took her own life at McCulloch Junior High School Monday morning. Students and a teacher spotted her body behind some bleachers. That evening a special vigil was held at the school.
Suicide is a complex problem that may involve biological, psychological, environmental, social and/or cultural factors.
Experts say it is a topic that needs to be more openly discussed among family members.
"Among 10-14 year olds, suicide is the third leading cause of death. Among 15-24 year olds it is the second leading cause of death. Suicides are causing more death in the country than homicides," said Matthias Beier, assistant professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Christian Theological Seminary Counseling Center and a member of the Indiana State Suicide Advisory Committee.
A recent survey of Indiana teens in grades 9-12 uncovered startling statistics concerning depression and suicide.
The Youth Risk Survey found:
- 29 percent of those surveyed felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing their usual activities
- 19 percent said they seriously considered suicide
- 14 percent made a plan about how they would attempt suicide
- 11 percent actually attempted suicide
- 4 percent made a suicide attempt that resulted in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that had to be treated medically.
Beier says the most important message to get across to someone who is experiencing feelings of worthlessness is this:
"Nothing is more important than your life. Nothing. No grades, no relationships. Your life is the most important thing. That is what matters," said Beier.
The State of Indiana has a suicide prevention plan for parents and others to use as a reference and guide. Click here for that guide.
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