Suicide attempts in teens up in Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) -According to KY Forward,  Kentucky’s online newspaper, a 2016 survey found that 8.2 percent of Kentucky’s high-school sophomores, about one in 12, said they had attempted suicide at least once in the previous 12 months.

That number may seem high, but the national rate is even higher at 9.4 percent.

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The biennial “Kentucky Incentives for Prevention” survey is given to students across the state in even-numbered grades starting in the sixth grade.

The survey primarily assesses alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, but also looks at suicide and other high risk behaviors.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Kentucky’s teens and young adults, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, help is available at the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  Another resource is the Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741.