A new report shows the suicide rate for Indiana teenagers has surpassed the number of adolescents whose deaths are attributed to homicide. Among Hoosiers aged 15 to 19, suicide rates exceed the national average, and suicide is now ranked as the second leading cause of death among Indiana youth behind car accidents. Indiana Youth Institute CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz says suicide rates have spiked over the past couple of years.
Stanczykiewicz says parents, siblings, and friends need to be aware of warning signs, such as teens expressing feelings of isolation or worthlessness. He says suicide is one of the most difficult topics to ponder or discuss, making it a tough one to deal with. He says the problem can’t be addressed without a collaborative effort of school officials, parents, friends, and family.