Teen Suicide Warning Signs
Recognizing teen suicide warning signs
Suicide is alarmingly common. It is the eighth leading cause of death for all people (accounting for about 1% of all deaths) and the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24 (following accidents and homicide). The vast majority of suicides are related to emotional or psychiatric disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and others. Unsuccessful suicide attempts also are common and outnumber actual suicides.
While boys are more likely than girls to commit suicide, teens of both
genders and all ages are at risk for suicide. It is especially tragic that the
three leading causes of death in teens and young
If you're concerned about how to help a depressed teen, don't be afraid to talk to him or her about the problem. It can help to reassure them that they are loved and that you are available to help work out any problems. Be a good listener, don't judge, and don't dismiss any of your teen's concerns. It's OK to directly ask if he or she has ever thought of killing him or herself. If you suspect your teen is suicidal, seek professional help immediately. Ask your pediatrician or family physician for recommendations for treatment programs.
Remember: Threats of suicide or preoccupation with suicide are a medical emergency and should never be ignored.
For additional information please read the following articles:
Reference: American Academy of Pediatrics Web site. "Some Things You Should Know About Preventing Teen Suicide". Accessed 6/8/2009.
Last Editorial Review: 6/8/2009