Teen Suicide: An Alarming Trend
August 28, 2018
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and it’s on the rise. In 2016, suicide became the No. 2 leading cause of death for U.S. teens after staying at No. 3 and even decreasing in the 1980s and 1990s. One reason: teen suicide attempts may be more likely to be lethal.
That’s why it’s essential for loved ones to act on concerns. Four out of five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs, such as talking about suicide or being preoccupied with death, losing interest in normal activities, putting affairs in order or giving away prized possessions.
High-profile suicides in the media or the community can serve as a trigger. This phenomenon is called suicide contagion. If you’re worried about your child:
- Talk about it. Don’t be afraid to ask: “Do you want to kill yourself?”
- Remove access to guns, knives, prescription and over-the-counter medications, ropes and belts.
- Seek professional help immediately.
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- Rude, Mean or Worse? Always Take the Kind Road
- Helicopter No More: Be Present without Hovering
- When Those Facebook Friends Aren’t Your Friends After All
- Teen Suicide: An Alarming Trend
- Cutting: An Explainer
- Empower Your Kids to Handle Peer Pressure
- Simple Ways to Break the Silence – Conversation Starters
- Mood Swings, Aggression, Depression – It’s Not a Phase
- Mental Illness: 10 Warning Signs
- Set Limits for Strong Kids
- Under Your Influence: Parents Play Vital Role in Kids’ Alcohol, Drug Use
- Vaping and Juuling: A Trend on Fire
- Building Kids Up: The Parents' Role
- Why Doesn’t Anyone Like Me?
- Trophy-Free Self-Esteem: Get It with Grit
- Break Free: Releasing Anxiety's Grip