Abuse and Teen Suicide

Suicide is violence directed towards oneself. In Massachusetts, twice as many people die by suicide than homicide. For young people between the ages of 15-19, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

There is an established link between being a victim of teen dating violence and teen suicide. According to researchers at the University of Minnesota, 50% of youth reporting both dating violence and rape also reported attempting suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.

“Bullycide” is the term used when suicide is the result of bullying. In past years, MAAV has brought John Halligan to speak with students in Melrose about the dangers of cyberbullying. His son Ryan tragically killed himself after being relentlessly bullied at school and online by his peers.

Our bullying prevention trainings for staff, parents and students address the issue of bullycide, particularly in the context of anti-gay bullying.

Since 2002, at least 15 schoolchildren ages 11 to 14 have committed suicide in Massachusetts. 

Suicide rates among 10 to 14-year-olds have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades. (The American Association of Suicidology, AAS)

In 2005 (the last year nationwide stats were available), 270 children in the 10-14 age group killed themselves. (AAS)

If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression due to bullying or teen dating violence, please visit the following websites which provide information and 24-hour hotlines for help:

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

The Trevor Project