The Need: Starting the Conversation
January 20, 2017
McLean county coroner Kathy Davis stated in an interview with the Pantagraph that the county had 16 suicides in 2014 , but just last year that number rose to 21. Those numbers may seem small to some, but with McLean county’s population of 169,572 people, spread across the land of 1,186 square miles makes those deaths have a big impact on communities.
“We need to do more than talk about it,” Robinson said. That is just what two girls in Miss Baker’s class would do.
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined. Also, every year, 864,950 people attempt suicide, which means 1 person attempts suicide every 38 seconds. More people die by suicide than by homicide in the United States, according to the Jason Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide, and verified through Emory University.
“Since I have been here [at NCHS] there have been numerous attempts,” Robinson said. Robinson believes that the action and severity of suicide isn’t something that will only be “a recent thing but it’s an ongoing issue.” He feels as if students using their 20% projects for topics as serious as suicide it’s “always going to be necessary.”