Why is an organization like 4 the Healing in You, Inc. needed? There are so many challenges faced by our young people, especially our young girls. Young girls may find themselves dealing with varied concerns from a mother who has been diagnosed with breast cancer to having both parents incarcerated or otherwise absent. Here are some facts and figures regarding our primary focus areas to include Youth Empowerment, Suicide Prevention, Child Abuse and Domestic Violence, Bullying Prevention, and Youth Hunger and Homelessness.


  • For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of 



  • In a typical 12-month period, nearly 14 percent of American high school students

    seriously con­sider suicide; nearly 11 percent make plans about how they would

    end their lives; and 6.3 percent actually attempt suicide.


  • A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9–12 in public and private schools in the United States (U.S.) found that 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey.


  • In Maryland alone, 206 children ages 10-24 died as a result of suicide between years 2008-2010.


Child Abuse and Domestic Violence






  • More than 750,000 children and youth are treated in hospital emergency departments as a result of assault each year—that’s more than 85 every hour.


  • Between the years 2010-2011, 9.4% of high school students nationwide reported being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend.


  • Child abuse and neglect (also called child maltreatment), youth violence, sexual violence, and teen dating violence pose serious threats to the health, well-being, and safety of our nation’s young people.


  • In 2011, 4961 children were placed in Maryland foster care.


  • As of February, 2013, in the state of Maryland, 2621 children were removed from their homes during that month and the 11 months prior.



  • During the 2007–2008 school year, 32 percent of the nation’s students ages 12–18 reported being bullied. Of these students

  1. 21 percent said they were bullied once or twice a month.

  2. 10 percent reported being bullied once or twice a week.

  3. 7 percent indicated they were bullied daily.

  4. Nearly 9 percent reported being physically injured as a result of bullying.


  • During that same school year, four percent of students ages 12–18 reported being



  • During the 2011-2012 school year, there were 5,213 bullying incidents reported to Maryland officials.


  • Bullying is associated with increases in suicide risk in young people who are victims of bullying as well as increases in depression and other problems associated with suicide.

Youth Hunger and Homelessness


  • 39 percent of the homeless population is young people under 18.


  • Teens age 12 to 17 are more likely to become homeless than adults.


  • Although exact numbers are hard to gather, it is estimated that 1.68

    million youth experience some type of homelessness in the U.S. each



  • In Maryland, about 13% of the population was food insecure in 2011,that accounts for over seven hundred thousand people. 19% percent of Maryland’s population was reported to be children who were food insecure.


  • In 2013 alone, 44% of students enrolled in Maryland schools received free and reduced school meals.



  1. American Psychological Association (2013). The Road to Resilience. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx

  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Suicide Prevention: Youth Suicide. (2013). Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/youth_suicide.html

  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2013). Youth Violence: State Statistics. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/youthviolence/stats_at-a_glance/MD.html

  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2008). United States, Assault, all injury causes, nonfatal injuries and rates per 100,000, all races, both sexes, ages 0 to 24. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Retrieve from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars.

  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. (2012). Teen Dating Violence. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/intimatepartnerviolence/teen_dating_violence.html

  6. Feeding America (2013). Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in Your County. Retrieved from http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx

  7. National Network 4 Youth. Runaway and Homeless Youth Act: Brief. Retrieved from http://www.nn4youth.org/public-policy/fact-sheets-issue-briefs

  8. Safe Horizon. (2013). Streetwork: Homeless Youth Facts. http://www.safehorizon.org/index/what-we-do-2/helping-youth-14/streetwork-homeless-youth-facts-220.html

  9. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. (2012) Child Maltreatment 2011. Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/child-maltreatment-2011