Let's Look Up
A few days before an event to raise support for a Wellness Center for teens, we heard about another child lost to suicide. In this article, we also heartbreakingly read about the statistics right here in our backyard in Orange County.
In Orange County, the data is certainly alarming. Since the late 1990s, Orange County has had the largest suicide rate increase among the nation’s 20 most populous counties, according to an analysis of federal suicide data by Voice of OC. It is the second leading cause of death among 10 to 24-year-olds and the Orange County Health Care Agency reported that for each suicide death in the county, there are 10 hospitalizations for attempted suicides or intentional self-injuries. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that suicide rates for adolescent boys and girls in the U.S. have been steadily on the rise since 2007, with rates for girls 15 to 19 doubling from 2007 to 2015.
Recently, I also read that “Bullying among children and youth is an age-old phenomenon, but it is only relatively recently that bullying has come to be viewed as an international public health concern.” (Masiello and Schroeder)
I think it is time for all of us to look up. To get uncomfortable with the uncomfortable. We need to start getting in the business of saving lives. We can’t continue to watch from the sidelines as teenagers struggle even more with mental health, pressure, bullying to the point where it's becoming an international public health concern. It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get involved. Consider signing up as a volunteer with Bloom to make a difference today.