April 7, 2021
Suicide is a difficult topic to talk about, we know. But with suicide being the second leading cause of death among youth ages 15-24, the need to be open and honest is even greater. There is a common myth that by talking about suicide, you may plant the idea in someone’s head. However, studies have shown that by talking about suicide and using the direct language, the risk can be greatly decreased by youth who has been thinking about suicide. Many teens struggling with depression and suicidal thinking just want to be heard and feel connected to.
So, what do you do? First, it is important to know the warning signs and what to look out for when someone is thinking about suicide.
Not everyone shows the same signs that they are thinking about suicide, but below are common ones to look out for:
This sounds scary to say but being open, honest, and direct will help decrease the stress they may be feeling in thinking this way and be more open to help.
If your child or teen is in immediate danger and you cannot safely develop a plan for support, call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency room or crisis center.
For more information, please visit the American Psychological Association at https://www.apa.org/topics/teen-suicide-prevention. For local resources on finding the appropriate mental health support, please visit lockandtalk.org and search for your local Community Services Board here: https://lockandtalk.org/about/