Awareness is Prevention
An Overview - The Unspoken Killer
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Welcome to The Katie Project, an organization focused on the awareness and prevention of
suicide among teens and young adults.

While it is something that is rarely discussed openly, Suicide is the eighth-leading cause of
death overall in the United States, and the third-leading cause of death for young people
between the ages of 15 and 24 years.   Suicide among our nation’s youth, a population that is
very vulnerable to self-destructive emotions, is the area that is most worthy of discussion and
proactive focus.   This is because teenage suicide seems to be the most tragic—lives lost
before they have even started.   Still, while a movement of focus in this area is good, it is only the
beginning of what we need to do.  We cannot continue to lose so many hopeful lives
unnecessarily.

Let's look at some facts from the last formal Suicide statistical study conducted (1996):

  • In 1996, more teenagers and young adults died of suicide than from cancer, heart
    disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease
    combined.
  • In 1996, suicide was the second-leading cause of death among college students, the
    third-leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 24 years, and the fourth- leading
    cause of death among those aged 10 to 14 years.
  • From 1980 to 1996, the rate of suicide among African-American males aged 15 to 19
    years increased by 105 percent.

Although alarming statistics, there is also serious cause for hope.  According to the National
Institute of Mental Health, scientific evidence has shown that almost all people who take their
own lives have a diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder, and the majority have more
than one treatable disorder.  In other words, the feelings that often lead to suicide are highly
treatable.  That’s why it is imperative that we better understand the symptoms of the disorders
and the behaviors that often accompany thoughts of suicide.  With more knowledge and public
awareness, we can often prevent the devastation of losing a loved one.
Our Purpose

The purpose of The Katie Project is to raise awareness in the area of suicide prevention, with a
primary focus on teens and young adults.   It is our goal to also raise money through various
activities and events to aid in the research, the support, and the delivery of service organizations
in the private and public sector that are aligned with suicide prevention and treatment of the
illnesses that drive it.
What We Do:
Work as an Advocate for the protection of those who may be at risk
Provide Awareness and Prevention Materials and Enablement
Pursue Funding for the Public and Private Sector Treatment Agencies
Organize Activities to further our goals of Awareness and Education
What's New?.

  • New!!!   The Katie Project is now officially incorporated as The Katie Project, Inc., a
    Non Profit Corporation.    We are still in the process of seeking 503(c)b status as a
    tax deductible non profit organization.   We expect this process to be completed by
    3rd Quarter 2008 and apologize for the continual delays.
  • New!!!   Visit our Services Section for an Open Letter to Parents from The Katie
    Project
  • New!!!   Visit the About Katie Section for our Memorial Notes
  • The Katie Project has created Awareness Wristbands available for sale to support
    our cause of Teen and Young Adult Suicide Prevention.   The wrist bands are colored
    for suicide awareness, and have our foundational phrase  "LOVED" as their
    statement.   Stay tuned for further details on their Availability and Sale this summer!


The Katie Project
"Leave No Child, No Young Adult, No One at Risk""