Survey: 1 in 6 Washington teens seriously consider suicide

PORTLAND, Ore. – New numbers out of Washington state show 1 in 6 teenagers have gone past the tipping point and seriously considered suicide.

The state of Washington surveys kids every year, and the newest results show that 8 percent of eighth- and tenth-graders tried to commit suicide within the last year.

The number 1 in 6 kids thinking about suicide means that more than 100,000 kids between the ages of 12 and 17 seriously considered it within the past year.

More than 1 in 4 teenagers said they felt so sad or hopeless for two weeks in a row they stopped doing their usual activities.

"This is a critical issue I think for our area," said Pastor Scott Waite of Manor Evangelical Church in Battle Ground, Wash. "We need to address it somehow. I mean our kids are struggling. Do we care enough to do something?"

He said even with his small congregation, there have been a couple of kids within the church who've struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide.

He's holding an event Saturday starting at 5 p.m. at his church to help parents and grandparents cope with these issues.

The Battle Ground School District has had seven students commit suicide within just the last two years.

Statewide numbers for young people between 10 and 24 years old show that suicides have been trending up over the last dozen years. It's the second leading cause of death for young people. Accidents are the leading cause.