During the 2019–20 school year, Gaggle flagged 64,000 references to suicide or self-harm in students’ online activity. Students may turn to cutting, a form of self-harm, as a way to release their pain and emotions. Teenage cutting is quite common in today’s world and is often used for relief, self-expression, or as a response to trauma, such as abuse.
A crisis in adolescent mental health is forcing school districts to become more proactive in monitoring and providing services to support students in need. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death among 10–19 year-old adolescents.