We want this trend to go down.
In 2019, the percentage of Vermont adolescents of color in grade 9-12 who had made a suicide plan in the past year (YRBS) was 17%.
This indicator was added in recognition that suicide planning identifies youth who need mental health support. Poor mental health can result in serious negative outcomes for the health and development of adolescents. Mental health is measured in the YRBS (Youth Risk Behavior Survey) with one question addressing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness and four questions on suicidal ideation or action.
Suicidal ideation or action questions assess consideration of and planning for suicide, attempting suicide, and being medically treated for suicide attempts.
The data is collected from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. For more data on suicide mortality and self-harm morbidity, please visit http://www.healthvermont.gov/health-statistics-vital-records/surveillance-reporting-topic/injuries
The Vermont Departments of Health and Mental Health are collaborating with community partners to reduce these rates. One Agency cannot turn the curve alone; there are many partners who have a role to play making a difference.
Suicide is often preventable. If you or someone you know needs help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273 TALK — A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7