Dead Serious… About Life



  • approximately 11 young people between the ages of 15-24 die every day by suicide
  • in just a 24 hour time period, 1,439 teens will attempt suicide
  • there are over 4,135 teen suicides (ages 15-24) each year.
  • every 38 seconds, a teenager will attempt suicide
  • suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds.
  • 1 in 5 teens have seriously considered attempting suicide.
  • teen suicide statistics reveal teen suicide rates have tripled since 1970.
  • more than 1 in 12 had made a suicide attempt in the past year.



  • each year, almost 750,000 women aged 15-19 become pregnant.
  • There were 214,750 abortions among 15-19 year olds in 2002.
  • 1106 teenager girls have abortions every day.
  • every 60 seconds a child is born to a teen mother.



  • one out of three 13 to 15 year olds have had sex.
  • on average, music videos contain 93 sexual situations per hour, including eleven “hard core” scenes depicting behaviors such as intercourse and oral sex.
  • 46% of all high school students report that they have had sexual intercourse.
  • half of all new HIV infections occur among adolescents.
  • 73% of all teens say that the reason they engage in sex is due to social pressure
  • one in four sexually active teens become infected with an STD every year.
  • 46% of those surveyed used no form of contraception.



  • one out of four children live with only one parent.
  • 500,000 children live in foster care.
  • Each day, 3506 kids run away from home.
  • one out of 3 children are born to unmarried parents.
  • Each day, 2,989 kids find out that their parents are getting divorced.



  • in 24 hours, 15,006 teens will use drugs for the first time.
  • more than 60% of teens said that drugs were sold, used or kept at their schools.
  • nearly one in five teens has tried prescription medication to get high.
  • one in 10 teens reports abusing cough medicine to get high.
  • marijuana use in the past year has more than doubled since 1992 among 10th graders.
  • 50% of the junior high, middle school and high school students surveyed admitted involvement in some kind of drug related substance.

Alcohol & Drugs


  • 78% of the survey high school students had their first drink before the age of 16.
  • It is estimated that more than 3 million teenages in the US between the ages of 14-17 are problem drinkers..
  • 80% of the high school students surveyed have consumed alcohol beyond a few sips before graduating from high school.
  • 74% of high school students nationwide had one or more drinks of alcohol during their lifetime.
  • Almost 11% of 8th graders, 22% of 10th graders, and 27% of 12th graders report binge drinking.
  • in the last 30 days, 50% of teenagers report drinking with 32% being drunk at least on one occasion.
  • each year, college students spend approximately $5.5 billion on alcohol – more than they spend on soft drinks, milk, juice tea, coffee and books combined.



  • for 3 million Americans, cutting is a serious problem.
  • of those surveyed, 72% were cutters, 30% self hitting, 22% hair pulling, 10% bone breaking, 5% burning.
  • 1 in 5 teens say they have purposely injured themselves.

Church Kids


  • 55% of the Christian teens surveyed said they were sexually active.
  • by the age of thirteen, 43% of the “churched” teens had experiences sexual intercourse and 65% of the youth had engaged in fondling breast and/or sexual intercourse.
  • less than 10% of the churched teens differed in their moral values and actions from non-christian teens.