Published May 2, 2017
Since 1999, suicide has been the second leading cause of death among Kentucky’s youth and young adults. The state’s suicides outpace homicides by nearly four to one, and kill more teens than all diseases combined. Kentucky’s teen suicide rate is higher than the national average. For every teen that completes suicide, at least 20 more teens will attempt it.
Most teen suicides involve white male Kentucky youths between 15 and 24 years of age. One in every seven, or 15 percent, of Kentucky high school students reported having seriously considered suicide within a 12-month period. Among middle school students, one in five, or 17.4 percent, reported they had seriously considered killing themselves at some point in their lives.