There are many common misconceptions about suicide that prevent parents from talking to teens or from recognizing just how serious of a problem suicide can be. By debunking these seven common teen suicide myths and revealing the facts, you can hopefully be better prepared to educate your teen, recognize the warning signs, and get help for your teen before it's too late. Teens usually excel at hiding problems, especially from adults. A teen who is talking about suicide needs to be listened to carefully and taken seriously. Sometimes parents fear that bringing up the subject of suicide will somehow plant the seed. But asking direct questions about suicide won't compel your teen to kill himself.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people ages years. Research shows that more than 95 percent of people who kill themselves have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder, often in combination with other mental disorders. It's important to treat depression early to help prevent a mental health crisis. Depression is not the only risk factor for suicide. Although some of these risk factors cannot be changed, it is important to be aware that they can increase the possibility of a suicide attempt. Some of the leading factors that increase the risk of suicide among children and teens are:. The behavior of depressed children and teenagers may differ from the behavior of depressed adults.
The suicide pacts, which have resulted in at least 18 deaths since February, are shocking to experts, even in a nation plagued by an astronomical suicide rate. Police were still investigating this latest case, but on its face, it looked eerily like others that have followed a general pattern: The victims are normally young and meet over the Internet through a burgeoning number of suicide-related sites, chat rooms and bulletin boards in Japanese — sites where participants are online not to dissuade, but to support one another in their desires for suicide. In the latest confirmed case in early May, the victims were a man, 30 years old, and two women, 22 and None had apparently known the others before meeting on line, where they started planning their suicide. As in several other cases, they died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a coal-burning stove after sealing themselves in a room with plastic sheeting and duct tape.
January 22, 0 Comments. Another day and another loss. Teen suicide is becoming an epidemic. I am left speechless today as I hear about another two suicides from this past weekend. After 20 years of speaking and concentrating my work on teens and families, I feel privileged to share my heart and give people hope in such tough times.