The report titled Teens Talk 2016 is based on the results of a survey of 1,319 Canadian teens aged 13 to 18, and found 22 per cent of those who responded, seriously considered attempting suicide in the last 12 months. The report further mentions that approximately half of those considering suicide took steps to create a plan around this event.
This is a perilous finding that we ignore at much risk to our society, not only for those troubled teens and their families but to the social and economic fabric of our society.
While the report did not shed light on the sources of anxiety for teens, it is entirely reasonable to link rising stress levels among adolescents and teens (as further documented in earlier reports this year, and reported in this blog) - in some measure - to the prevalence of violent TV and radio news broadcasts that teens can't help but consume on a daily basis, or were exposed to starting in their childhood.
Here are some other findings reported in the Kids Help Phone report:
- More than one in three Canadians are at “high risk” of mental health issues, and millennials are among the most vulnerable groups, according to an Ipsos report released earlier this year.
- Thirty-two per cent of Canadians said that several times over the past year they felt stressed to the point where it affected their daily life. Another 18 per cent admitted they felt depressed or hopeless almost daily for weeks-long stretches, while 19 per cent said they felt stressed to the point where they couldn’t cope with things on more than one occasion.
- In Canada, suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth between 15 and 24 years old.
*Kids Help Phone website
Please sign the Choose News petition (see main link above) to help send the message to the CRTC and Canadian broadcasters to dial back the violent content of TV and radio newscasting to more accurately reflect the true nature of our society, and to help protect our most vulnerable population.