SOURCE: Tools To Life, Inc.

September 10, 2007 02:00 ET

Suicide as Third Leading Cause of Death in Age Group 10-24 Indicates Youth in Crisis: Reduces Age Restriction to Sixteen

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - On the heels of the shocking news that actor Owen Wilson attempted to take his own life, on September sixth, the U.S. Center for Disease and Prevention dealt us a related blow: the suicide rate among youth ages 10-24 increased eight percent in 2004. "We're fast reaching a crisis state," says Life Coach Devlyn Steele (, "This study is a reflection of many trends affecting our youth, and these must be addressed."

This is "the biggest increase in fifteen years" following a thirteen-year decrease of 28.5 percent, reported Dr. Ileana Arias, Director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention Control. Already a debate is on as to whether a decrease in the use of antidepressants is related to the increase in suicides. According to Coach Steele, that debate is way off track.

Says Steele, the increase in suicide is only one symptom that tells us our young people are in trouble. This generation has a shorter life expectancy than their parents, as a result of decreased health and increased weight. Lower test scores and an alarming fifty percent increase in college dropouts are other factors foreshadowing a bleak future.

"Yes we have to educate the public about issues related to suicide such as identification of kids at risk, and prevention, but that is only part of the answer. What is needed is a change in how youth feel about their lives and their futures. We need to give them a greater sense of control over their own behavior and outcomes," advises Coach Steele.

Parents are spending less time being parents and schools do not teach life skills. "Teaching children skills like math, English, and science is like teaching a pilot the skill of flying, but not how to navigate. How will that pilot get anywhere? Students do not have a sense of how to lead their lives, and this makes them feel helpless and hopeless." is now open to kids sixteen and older. In the coming months will announce a completely new program for youth of all ages, based around cognitive therapy and teaching the important skills needed to navigate life. It will include setting goals, using powerful visualization techniques, and utilizing positive behavior that helps with weight, social pressures, grades and an overall sense of well being.

"This is not the answer for those at the brink of suicide," says Coach Steel, "but it is a step in the right direction to get at the root cause, versus attack on just the symptoms."

Inspired by the life changes in hundreds of clients he has personally guided, and a passion for the possibilities of the Internet, Devlyn developed Tools To Life (, the first and only free online guided self-help program that incorporates social networking to empower people who want to change. With a growing number of users and hundreds of life-changing testimonials every day, Tools To Life offers forums, support groups, blogs and more to connect with people across the world who are overcoming depression, anxiety, obesity, eating disorders, addictions, and/or relationship problems -- with real results. Tools To Life also empowers those who are looking to create success or improve in all areas of their life, including school, career and relationships.

Contact Information

  • Devlyn is available immediately to address these and other life-changing
    issues by contacting:

    Jodie Cresner
    1-800-965-0677 ext: 208