Teen suicide is a prominent issue in the U.S. today and has doubled in the past three decades. A youth suicide occurs once every two hours, twelve times a day, 84 times a week and over 4,000 times per year. The suicide rate for young people now exceeds the rate for the general population and is the third leading cause of death among people aged 15-24. Suicides are often misreported as accidents and approximately 14% of high school students have made a suicide plan. 8% have reported attempting suicide and 20% have considered it at some point in their lives.
Risk factors that increase occurrence of suicide exemplified in this game are rapid social change, a natural disaster, alcohol/drug use, family crisis, loss of a parent, and bullying.