Douglas County is home to an alarming number of youngsters who have tried to commit suicide. The local number is nearly twice the average found across the rest of the state and twice that of the national average as well.
More than 1,000 students, ages 15 to 19, were surveyed on various issues involving youth risk behaviors and 12.4 percent of them said they attempted suicide in the past year. Of those attempts, 6.1 percent resulted in the need for medical treatment. That too, is twice the national average.
Dr. Monica Arora, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with Alegent Creighton Health Psychiatric Associates, offers parents some advice and warning signs to watch for:
- Take any and all threats seriously
- Take notice if the child is preoccupied with death
- Significant decline in social, athletic and academic behaviors