INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The suicide of the 14-year old in Marion brings attention to a problem rarely discussed publicly in Indiana. The sad reality of suicide is evident in the number of people who kill themselves in Indiana.
The Indiana State Department of Health keeps statistics on suicide.
More than 800 people a year die by suicide, that's an average of two Hoosiers a day. 24-Hour News 8 looked at the last five years of data and found kids under 14-years old are the least likely of any age group to commit suicide.
Still, that age group makes up nearly 4 percent of Indiana suicides.
More people between age 45 and 54 kill themselves than teens. Nearly three times as many people kill themselves than are killed in a homicide.
According to the Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey done of students in grades 9-12, during the past year:
- 29 percent 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
Here are ways to seek help:
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