22 teenagers died by suicide in Clark County, Washington between February and May of this year, 2017. I lost my own brother to suicide in August of last year. He wasn’t a teenager, but his suicide still very deeply impacted me. It made me very deeply concerned for my community to hear that number. 22 teenagers had so deeply lost hope that they chose to take their own lives. I am only one of many people in the community who is concerned about this and trying to do something about it. One of the things that I’m doing is that I made this survey. You’ll find either the survey itself or a link to the survey below this video. I think that a lack of awareness of the resources that exist in the community is part of the problem. I think that maybe those resources are not very easy to access. And I think there’s still a lot of stigma, or shame, or embarrassment about using those resources. So that’s what this survey is trying to measure.
This is meant to be an anonymous survey, you don’t have to enter your name, you don’t have to enter your phone number, your email or any of that. But in the very last question, for anyone who is interested in staying up to date or getting updates on the findings of the survey, you have an opportunity to enter your email address.
Please take the survey, no matter how you found it, no matter where you live. You don’t have to live in Clark County, Washington to take it, it’s still helpful information. Please share this with your friends, your family, your church, your school, your coworkers. Whoever is relevant in your life that either has a young person in their life or is a young person. Please share this because the more responses we get, the better data we get. And then the more empowered we will be as a community to respond to this challenge of teens that are losing hope. Thank you.
If you would like to collect survey responses on your website, please copy and paste the embed code below:
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