Approximately 2,000 U.S. adolescents die by suicide each year; approximately two million, or about one in five, attempt suicide; and almost 700,000 receive medical attention for an attempt. More than 90 percent of the adolescents who die by suicide also suffer from an associated psychiatric disorder. More adolescent suicide fatalities are boys because they tend to use methods that are more lethal, such as firearms. However, more girls attempt suicide than boys. The factors that increase youth vulnerability are varied and often interwoven.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Colorado teens. In 2011, there were 43 suicides among Colorado teens ages 15-19, for a rate of 12.3 deaths per 100,000 teens. More teens die every year by suicide than by homicide in Colorado.
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