Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 11 to 18-year-olds. In the majority of adolescent suicide victims, 63%, had psychiatric symptoms — including depression — for more than a year before their deaths. Yet, research tells us that few teens seek help or disclose their thoughts or suicide attempts. While 15% of high school students have suicidal thoughts, less than one in five communicate these thoughts to anyone. Similarly, up to 60% of teens who attempt suicide do not disclose their actions. Only 10% of suicide attempts are known to parents.
This week is Suicide Prevention week. Some risk factors to look for include:
- Drug and Alcohol Use
- Prior Attempts
- History of Trama or Abuse
- Exposure to Suicide
Not only is suicide common in adolescents, but people of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Suicide is a devastating tragedy for those left behind. So many unanswered questions. Doubts about what could have been done. I have known people who outwardly seem to have it all, never noticing the signs of depression that caused them to end their lives.
Not only do we need to be aware of the suicide risk factors during this week, but all the time. If you know someone who has thoughts of suicide, please give them the number below and ask them to seek help before it is too late.
National Suicide Prevention Week Information & Media Kit
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline