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Here are some startling statistics about teen suicide. While this data is the most accurate we have, we estimate the numbers to be higher. Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 10-34
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
In April 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that the suicide rate among U.S. youth, ages 10 to 17, had increased by 70 percent between 2006 and 2016.
Twelve percent of Texas high school students attempted suicide in 2017 according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data was collected through the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). The 2017 Texas youth suicide rate was substantially higher than the national average of seven percent and higher than the previously reported Texas rate of 10 percent in 2013
Our goal is to educate and bring awareness to the issue, so as to ignite a response of compassion and change within schools, homes and our communities. Below are just a few of the things we do to start the conversation:
The Grace Loncar Foundation actively seeks opportunities to advocate and educate on the topic of teenage depression, mental illness and suicide. Founder, Sue Loncar and Board Member, Terry Hill, have a powerful and insightful message to share. With extensive public speaking experience, they are open to sharing their stories of heartbreak to offer hope and awareness. If you are interested in hosting a meeting or event for your Parent Teacher Organization or school to educate on these topics, we would love to participate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Event sponsorship & involvement
As a Foundation we believe collaboration is a key component to our fight and cause. With that in mind, we actively show support to other non-profits organizations with similar missions and goals. Below are just a few events we participate and help sponsor.
Fashion Stars for a Cause benefitting The Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas
Annual fundraising event supporting the programs of the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas that help those in crisis, especially suicidal crisis, find hope for the future. Founder, Sue Loncar was honory chairman and several other board members attended.
Suicide Awareness Month Event benefitting Greater Dallas Suicide Prevention Coalition
A North Texas event in which shoes are put on public display at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture to acknowledge and remembered the number of locals that year that were lost to suicide- the sobering enormity of that number, exceeding 500 in 2018. Sue Loncar, founder, and board member, Terry Hill, attended and spoke at the event.
Walk Out of Darkness benefitting The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Community walks that raise awareness and funds for the The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
In 2017, board member and executive director, Sally Conway gave the opening remarks and participated in the walk in Prosper, Texas with her husband J.D. Conway.
Our Instagram has over 8,000 followers and our Facebook has over 4,000 followers. We leverage both platforms as an opportunity to educate and encourage. We share information, articles and graphics that promote a positive message of acceptance and hope.