Suicide in America

Top 10 Facts

And the most startling statistic — 11 youth under age 24 will end their life every day in the U.S.

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Approximately 50 percent of students age 14 and older living with a mental illness drop out of high school — the highest dropout rate of any disability group. Seventy-three percent of those who drop out are arrested within five years.

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Studies show that one in five children have a mental illness severe enough to cause significant impairment in their day-to-day life.

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For adults, 1 in every 4 suffer from a mental health disorder in a given year. And 1 in 17 adults have a severe and persistent mental illness.

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Statistics reveal that on college campuses in the United States there are more than 1,100 suicides a year. The suicide statistic for the United States is at 38,000 a year, and increasing.

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Children living with a mental illness fail more classes, earn lower grade-point averages, miss more days of school and are retained at grade level more often than students living with other disabilities

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In 2013, there were 41,149 deaths in the U.S. from suicides — or one suicide every 13 minutes.

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Regents at the University of California system are weighing a plan to hire 70 additional psychologists—a 40% increase—and 20 more psychiatrists—a 60% jump—to keep up with the demand at counseling centers across its 10 campuses.

"Mental-Health Crunch on Campus." WSJ. The Wall Street Journal, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Regents at the University of California system are weighing a plan to hire 70 additional psychologists—a 40% increase—and 20 more psychiatrists—a 60% jump—to keep up with the demand at counseling centers across its 10 campuses.

"Mental-Health Crunch on Campus." WSJ. The Wall Street Journal, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

Nearly 59% of college counseling center directors reported that their operating budgets rose in 2013, up from 23% in 2012 and 15% in 2009, according to a survey by the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors

"Mental-Health Crunch on Campus." WSJ. The Wall Street Journal, 28 Apr. 2015. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.