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Call or text 988 for mental health support, including thoughts of suicide. ​​

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among those between 10 and 24. 

The suicide rate is higher among males; however, females have more attempts compared with males. 

Suicide attempts are higher among the LGBTQ community. 

Between 2007 and 2018, the national suicide rate among persons aged 10–24 increased 57.4%, with Illinois specifically increasing by 41.4%. 

arning signs to look out for, especially if a behavior is new or is related to a painful event, include:

  • Talking about wanting to die, feeling hopeless or trapped
  • Feels like they are a burden on others
  • Looking for methods and making plans to commit suicide
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Withdrawal or Isolation
  • Displaying rage and extreme mood swings

What can you do if you recognize these warning signs in a young person around you?

  • Take their behavior and talk of suicide seriously.
  • Support and listen to them.
  • Encourage them to reach out to their healthcare provider or behavioral health resources.
  • Call 911 if they have suicidal thoughts, a suicide plan, and the means to carry out the plan.


Adolescent Suicide Postvention Resources: Navigating Towards Healing Portal​
CDC: State Suicide Rates Among Adolescents andYoung Adults Aged 10–24: United States,2000–2018​
CDC: Suicide Prevention Resource for Action​
Johns Hopkins: Teen Suicide
Preventing Youth Suicide​
U.S. Teen Suicide Trends