is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24 in the Kansas City, Missouri area.
The rate of suicide attempts is 4 times greater for LGB youth and 2 times greater for questioning youth than that of straight youth (Trevor Project).
Mental Health Disorder
1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness. (NAMI, 2017)
Death By Suicide
There is one death by suicide in the U.S. every 13 minutes (CDC 2017).
Encourage Hope and Help is a suicide prevention website for youth (ages 10-24), parents, educators, LGBTQ, attempt survivors, loss survivors, veterans, and community members in the Kansas City area. Through education and prevention efforts, we strive to end youth suicide.
People often bully others when things are unsettled in their own lives. Talking with a trusted friend or adult about it can be your first step. They could support you in finding ways to prevent you from bullying again. Also, consider apologizing for your behavior – it can go a long way.
Teasing is different than bullying in how often it happens and how a person feels when it is happening. Poking fun and playful teasing happen among friends – but when it’s hurtful, it’s probably bullying. If someone feels hurt from what’s happening, it is bullying even if the words or actions are directed to someone else.
There are ways to prevent bullying or make it stop when it happens, even if there are no adults around. Stick together with friends, avoid situations and places where bullying might occur, and tell a teacher or parent later to get help.
Bullying can be hurtful and isolating. It can leave you feeling down, depressed, and alone, making it hard to focus in school or enjoy extracurricular activities. There are ways to feel better. Connect with peers who are kind and trusted adults who can help!
This website was developed [in part] under a grant number 1H79SM062907-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.