The teen years can be extremely tough and depression affects teenagers far more often than many of us realize. However, while depression is highly treatable, most depressed teens never receive help. Help is available—and you have more power over your mood than you may think.
Feeling hopeless, helpless, or depressed can result in extreme emotional pain and desperation. Sometimes these feelings result in thoughts of suicide, but it is important to let the person with these thoughts know that there is help and hope. Suicide rarely happens without warning.
Parents, siblings, classmates, coaches, and neighbors might be left wondering if they could have done something to prevent that young person from turning to suicide. Even though it's not always preventable, it's always a good idea to be informed and take action to help a troubled teenager. The reasons behind a teen's suicide or attempted suicide can be complex.
When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about? It's important to learn about the factors that can put a teen at risk for suicide. Spend some time reading these ten ways you can help prevent a tragedy from occurring.
Hearing a teen say things like, "I should just go kill myself," should be cause for alarm. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers. If your teen brings up the subject—even if you think it's a bid for attention—address it right away.
Suicide is a serious public health problem that can have lasting, significant effects on youth, families, peers, and communities. The causes of suicide among youth are complex and involve many factors. Reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors and resilience is critical.
Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her own life. It can be impulsive or planned. Not all suicide attempts lead to death.
Show less While it can be scary, it is fairly common to contemplate life and death. One in five U. Categories: Suicide Prevention Raising Teens.
Local crisis hotline numbers can be found in the front of your local phone book or call There are several things that parents can do to prevent youth suicides. Some of these are general in nature while others are more specific.
University of Michigan researchers say teens who talk with parents, coaches, and others have lower risk of suicide. After the initial shock of a suicide attempt by a loved one or friend, people can struggle with what to do or say to help out. But having people to talk with can be key in moving on, so researchers at the University of Michigan had an idea.