Teen Suicide Rate on the Rise

Teenage Suicide
 

Every day, 14 teens take their own lives

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new report showing an 8% rise in suicide among youths, the largest one-year increase in 15 years. Additionally, teen suicides by hanging/suffocation and poisoning have risen dramatically. The news is a somber reminder of the importance of youth suicide-prevention efforts. Read on for information about the warning signs, treatment and support options available to teenagers who may be suicidal and the parents who want to help them.

 

Prevention and Awareness
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers, and 20% of high schoolers have suicidal thoughts. But how can a parent tell the difference between a moody phase and something more serious? If your teen gives away his favorite possessions and expresses feelings of hopelessness, he may be suicidal. Read on for more signs:

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Getting Help for Your Teen
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