CLEVELAND - These days, it seems that more teens are struggling with some sort of anxiety and/or depression than ever before. According to the facts provided by Northeast Ohio's LifeAct, an organization that "recognizes teen depression and prevents suicide" there might be a reason it seems like this.
The following facts are provided by LifeAct:
- Nearly 40,000 Americans die by suicide each year.
- Nationwide, suicides account for twice as many deaths as homicides.
- On average, one in five high school students seriously considers suicide, the second leading cause of death for Ohio teens.
So what is the program doing about it?
- LifeAct has presented its in-school program to over 150,000 students in 155 high schools in Northeast Ohio.
- In 2013, LifeAct instructors delivered "Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide" to almost 20,000 students, of which over 1,000 came forward asking for help.
- In response to overwhelming demand, LifeAct is introducing a middle school program.
Learn more about this organization, and how you can get involved by watching this week's episode of "We The People" airing this Friday (4-7-17) at noon.