The pressure placed on children and teenagers to perform well in school and extracurricular activities, along with the anxiety it creates regarding failure, are among the leading risk factors contributing to the growing number of youth suicides in Colorado, according to a new report. The report examined trends in suicidal behaviors among youths in four counties — El Paso, La Plata, Mesa and Pueblo — with the highest youth suicide rates in order to determine strategies for addressing the issue of youth suicide. The report also found that the counties examined lacked the necessary funding needed for public health and social services programs, and that there was a shortage of mental health providers. Other barriers that prevent young people from getting help include stigma against or by specific populations, such as discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
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An year-old who authorities say had an "infatuation" with the Columbine High School massacre appears to have kept a journal online in which she wrote about suicide and guns, and alluded to "plans" she was making. Officials said the teen, Sol Pais of Florida, flew from Miami to Colorado earlier this week , bought a pump-action shotgun and ammunition upon arrival and then disappeared off of their radar, prompting a massive manhunt. On Wednesday, officials said she had been found dead. In an apparent journal signed with her full name — which law enforcement has not confirmed belongs to her — Pais appears to describe feeling miserable and out of place, along with having thoughts of suicide and a desire to procure weapons.
Colorado teen suicide rate nearly twice national average
Parents in the four Colorado counties with the highest rates of youth suicide used these words to describe their emotional state: paralysis, exhaustion, desperation and surrender. The in-depth review included dozens of interviews with youths, parents, and school and health officials in La Plata, Pueblo, Mesa and El Paso counties. From through , Colorado youths died by suicide. Almost 68 percent of them were male, although far more females attempted suicide, according to hospital data included in the report. In and , the most recent years the data was available, girls and boys were hospitalized after a suicide attempt.
Out of every , teenagers in the United States who are 15 to 19 years old, 8. In Colorado, that number nearly doubles to Her daughter is a freshman at Lakewood High School. But they learned about this issue a few years ago. Fritzler and her daughter helped the friend get help through Safe2Tell , a confidential and anonymous way for students, parents, teachers and more to report concerns about everything from suicide to school shootings and more.