Some startling stats have been uncovered in a new report from Kids Help Phone.
Teens Talk 2016 has found that over the last year, one in five Canadian teens have seriously considered taking their own lives, the majority of them were girls, and nearly half said they had actually come up with a plan.
Although nearly half admitted they didn’t reach out to anyone to talk about it, most searched online for related information.
Over 1,300 teens from across the country took part in the survey, which asked about various issues they face including body/self image, bullying and relationship issues.
“We’re concerned with how common suicidal thoughts are among teens in Canada, but while our report shows that suicidal thoughts are common in teens, suicide does not have to be. It is absolutely crucial that we work together as a country, within our communities and in our classrooms, to create an open dialogue around suicide and suicidal thoughts, and that we foster understanding and build supports for young people that are there when they need them the most.” – Alisa Simon, Vice-President Counselling Services and Programs.
The report also found a correlation between suicidal thoughts and specific behaviours, and that teens thinking about ending their lives were also dealing with other challenges.
“This report’s findings present us with a golden opportunity to work better to meet kids where they are at in their digital world, and provide the supports they need in this space for when they don’t reach out in person. Teens do not experience issues in isolation. The issues they are experiencing, and the behaviours that occur as a result, all interact, connect and overlap. Teens who experienced suicidal thoughts were often also experiencing violence at home or school, body or self-image concerns or addictions to drugs and alcohol.”
To see the full report, click here.