The coalition’s mission is about building a network to save lives because every life is precious. We intend to raise awareness about suicides in our community, particularly youth suicides, and where to turn for help and resources.
The Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey, (MAYRBS) an anonymous written self report survey of youth in public high schools in Massachusetts, indicated that in 2011:
- 13% of students seriously considered suicide during the past year, 12% made a suicide plan and 7% made an attempt
- 25% of high school students reported feeling so sad or depressed daily for at least two weeks during the previous year that they discontinued usual activities.
During the period of 2003-2011, almost 4,500 persons died of suicide in Massachusetts. Suicide rates increased an average of 4% per year. The overall increase was 26%; from 6.6 to 8.3.