State By State Advocacy
January 17, 2008   Associated Press

Suicide facts
There were 469 suicides in Massachusetts in 2005, including 54 involving people ages 15 to 24.

Boston Globe
  • Rural youths in 2005 were more likely than their urban or suburban counterparts to report that they had intentionally hurt themselves, but less likely to have attempted a suicide that resulted in injury.

  • Students who reported binge drinking, doing drugs, or experiencing violence were more likely than their peers to attempt suicide.

  • Of all suicides reported in Massachusetts in 2004, 45 percent of the people had a current mental health problem, 25 percent had problems with an intimate partner, 24 percent had a history of substance or alcohol abuse, and 18 percent had physical health problems.

  • Parents or teenagers struggling with depression or contemplating suicide can get help by calling the Samaritans of Boston, a suicide prevention organization. The 24-hour hotline can be reached at 877-870-HOPE. The teen hotline, which is answered by teenagers from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends and by adults during other hours, can be reached at 800-252-TEEN. All calls are free and confidential.

  • Those suffering from depression can also call the Department of Mental Health's Information & Referral Line at 800-221-0053.
Sources: The 2005 Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the state Violent Death Reporting System, the state Department of Public Health.



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