Suicide is a complex and sensitive issue, but it is crucial to address it. It occurs when a young person intentionally takes their own life. Before attempting suicide, they might experience suicidal thoughts or ideation. They may also engage in suicidal behavior. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals aged 15 to 24 in the United States.
Warning signs of teen suicide:
Many of the warning signs of suicide are also symptoms of depression. They are:
- Unhealthy preoccupation with death and dying
- Expressing feelings of hopelessness or having nothing to live for
- Withdrawal from family and friends
- Engaging in self-harm behaviors
- Neglecting physical hygiene
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Acting out and running away behavior
- Using alcohol and drugs frequently
- Neglecting one’s appearance
- Taking unnecessary risk
- Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
- Complaining of physical issues, for instance, stomachaches, headaches, and fatigue
- Experiencing a sudden drop in grades
- Feeling bored and unable to focus
- Not responding positively to praise and appreciation
If you notice any of these signs in a teenager, it’s important to seek the advice of a healthcare professional for a diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Risk factors of teen suicide:
The teenage years can be a challenging and stressful period, marked by significant changes to the body, thoughts, and emotions. During this time, teens may experience intense feelings of stress, confusion, fear, and doubt that can affect their problem-solving abilities and decision-making skills. As a result, they may find it difficult or even embarrassing to overcome certain problems. In some cases, suicide may even seem like a viable solution.
Several factors increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors, including:
- Psychological health issues such as depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders
- Family history of suicide
- Impulsive, aggressive, or disruptive behaviors
- Troubles in school, such as bullying
- History of trauma or abuse
- Family violence, for instance, physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse
- Previous suicide attempt(s)
- Exposure to violence
- Acute loss or rejection
- Changes in their families, such as divorce or relocation to a new town
- Alcohol and substance use
- Easy access to a gun
How can I help prevent my teen from attempting suicide?
Learning the warning signs of teen suicide can prevent an attempt. Keeping open communication with your teen and their friends gives you an opportunity to help when needed. Also, take these steps:
- Support your teen by listening to them without offering undue criticism.
- Help your struggling child maintain connections with their friends and loved ones.
- Express your love for your child or teen to build a strong bond.
- Keep medicines and guns away from your teens to prevent unfortunate incidents.
- Get your teen help for any mental or substance use problems from a professional psychiatrist.
- Become informed about teen suicide. Search resources like public libraries and the Internet.
- Know the warning signs for depression.
Treatment for suicidal behavior:
The treatment plan for your child will depend on their age, general health, and the severity of their symptoms. To begin with, a thorough evaluation of the events leading up to the suicidal behaviors that occurred during the 2 to 3 days prior will be conducted. Based on this assessment, the treatment may include individual therapy, family therapy, and an extended hospital stay if necessary. It is important to note that parents play a crucial role in the treatment process.
Depression and teen suicide:
Typically, children and adolescents who attempt suicide have an underlying mental health disorder, usually depression. Although depression and suicide often go hand in hand, not all depressed individuals have suicidal thoughts, and not everyone who attempts suicide is depressed. It’s essential to know that depression and suicidal feelings are treatable mental disorders that can be diagnosed and managed through a comprehensive treatment plan. As a parent, teacher, or anyone who spends time with children and teens, it’s crucial to recognize the warning signs and learn the tools that can help prevent teen suicide.
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