Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her own life. It can be impulsive or planned. Not all suicide attempts lead to death. It could be their way of calling for help. Anyone can struggle with suicide. The teenage years are especially hard and stressful.
The teen suicide rate has more than doubled: Here's how you can help save your child
Speaking to Your Teen About Suicide | Psychology Today
Hearing a teen say things like, "I should just go kill myself," should be cause for alarm. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers. If your teen brings up the subject—even if you think it's a bid for attention—address it right away. Unfortunately, many teens complete suicide every year and often their stunned friends and family say they never imagined their loved one would do it. If your teen is threatening to commit suicide, there are some things you should understand. There is a part of your teen that doesn't really want to die.
More teens are attempting suicide. It's not clear why.
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.
The percentage of high school students who reported that they had thought seriously about committing suicide in the last year declined from 29 percent in to a low of 14 percent in However, prevalence has increased since, reaching 17 percent in The proportion of students who reported having attempted suicide remained relatively constant in the s and early s from 7 to 9 percent but declined from 8 percent in to 6 percent in