Depression is the most significant risk factor for suicide. Ninety percent of those that die by suicide have some kind of mental illness and 60% of the time that illness is a mood disorder such as depression.
Did you know.....?
- Depression is the most prevalent mental health disorder (NIMH, 2009).
- It is estimated 1 in 33 children and 1 in 8 adolescents may suffer the symptoms of depression (NIMH, 2009).
- Teenage girls are more likely to develop depression than teenage boys (NIMH, 2007).
- A family history of depression (i.e., a parent) increases the chances (by 11 times) that a child will also have depression (NIMH, 2009).
- Based on the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey (YRBSS), 26.1 % students in grades 9-12 reported a prolonged sense of depression over the past year; 13.8% of students reported they seriously considered attempting suicide while 10.9% actually made plans. 6.3% of students participating in the survey reported making one or more attempts in the past year (CDC, 2009).
- Depression is the psychiatric diagnosis most commonly associated with suicide and approximately 2/3 of people who die by suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths (AAS, 2009).