Living Matters Website
Bev Cobain is a Registered Nurse, with credentials in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Her own struggle with depression and the suicides of three family members–most recently the 1994 death of her young cousin, Kurt Cobain, front man for the band, Nirvana–ignited a passion in Bev to educate professionals, lay persons, and youth about depression and the significant public health issue of suicide. Her desire to educate resulted in her writing the acclaimed book, “When Nothing Matters Anymore: A Survival Guide for Depressed Teens” and developing the Living Matters website site to provide an additional avenue to share her knowledge and experience of youth depression and suicide.
The following statistics will probably surprise you. Teen suicide is a serious problem in the United States.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S. for ages 15 through 19.
- In this country, a child or adolescent dies by suicide every 80 minutes, and a youth attempts to take his/her life every 45 seconds.
- One of ten high school students attempt suicide, while one in five has had suicidal thoughts within the previous year.
- The suicide rate for 10 to 14-yr olds has tripled in the last three decades.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE and help change the current statistics on suicide. Please take a few minutes to review this list. If you, your friends, your family, or anyone you know has any of these symptoms, please reach out and share with someone.
Sadness (with or without crying)
Lack of energy and/or motivation
Temper outbursts and/or violent episodes
Sleeping too little or too much
Little or no appetite, or eating too often
Withdrawal from friends and family
Loss of interest in activities usually enjoyed (including school activities)
Feelings of fear (even if there is no conscious reason)
Feelings of extreme guilt or shame
Inability to concentrate
Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Skipping school or classes
Feelings of helplessness to change a situation*
Feelings that things will never get better*
Comment(s) about death or dying*
Writing, drawing, or listening to music about hopelessness, guns, or death*
Threatening suicide (even in a joking manner)*
*These last 5 symptoms should be taken very seriously, do not wait to contact a parent, counselor, teacher, or other trusted adult. Please let someone know right away.
For immediate help, call National Suicide Hotline Number: 1-800-273-TALK, or 9