Suicide

Indiana has one of the highest teen suicide rates in the country. (Photo courtesy of zerosuicide.sprc.org)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children wants to help spread a nationally-recognized suicide prevention program to as many health care providers across the state as possible.

A law authored by U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is now implemented throughout the Armed Forces.

The Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act was named after an Indiana National Guard member died from suicide in 2009 while on leave from Afghanistan. Donnelly says the bill, his first as a senator, was based on common sense.

“It recognizes that mental fitness, like physical fitness, is a crucial component of military readiness,” Donnelly says.

 

Suicide remains the second-leading cause of death for Hoosier teens and young adults in 2014 and 2015, according to a just released report.

Among a majority of states, Indiana ranks second for high schoolers who made a suicide plan and third for those who have seriously considered suicide.