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Suicide occurs when a person chooses to end his or her life. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among all Americans, the 2nd leading cause of death among children and adolescents ages 10-24, and the 3rd leading cause of death among 12 year olds. In 2011, 5,014 children and adolescents died by suicide. Research shows that suicidal thoughts and behaviors are the greatest predictors of suicide. These include passive thoughts of wanting to be dead, recurrent thoughts about ending one’s life, plans and behaviors that “rehearse” killing oneself, and actually attempting suicide. There are approximately 25 suicide attempts for every completed suicide. Approximately 2 million children and adolescents attempt suicide every year. Research shows that 8.5% of high school students attempted suicide and 3% made an attempt that required medical treatment. Younger children experience suicidality too; research shows that 12% of children between the ages 6 and 12 have suicidal thoughts.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”