Teen Suicide

Camryn Cummings, Ms. Dent, 9/19/13

  • Every year about 4,600 teens from the ages 10 to 19 will commit suicide. The top three methods used in suicides of young people include firearm (45%), suffocation (40%), and poisoning (8%). Some of the risk factors that can cause this are history of previous suicide attempts, family history of suicide, history of depression or other mental illness, alcohol or drug abuse, stressful life event or loss, easy access to lethal methods, exposure to the suicidal behavior of others, and incarceration.
  • Most suicidal children are not open about it. But if they are, the following actions should be taken: Remain calm. Ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide. Focus on your concern for their wellbeing and avoid being accusatory. Listen.Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever. Do not judge. Provide constant supervision. Do not leave the youth alone. Remove means for self-harm.
  • If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or is suicidal, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • Or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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