Teen Suicide: Causes and Warning Signsweb_admin
Unfortunately, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people 10 to 24 years old. Many parents wonder: Could this really happen to my child? The answer is yes. Young people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, income levels, and community backgrounds die by suicide every year.
There are many things that can cause young people to think about ending their lives, including the loss of a loved one, bullying, and discrimination. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs of suicide so that you can get help for your child if they need it.
Loss of a Loved One
One of the most common causes of teen suicide is the loss of a loved one. This can be due to death, divorce, deployment, deportation, or incarceration. Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it can be especially hard for teens who are still developing their identity and sense of self. If your teen is struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one, it’s important to get them professional help.
Bullying is another common cause of teen suicide. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can take many different forms (e.g., physical, verbal, and emotional). No one deserves to be bullied, no matter what their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, income level, or community background. If your child is being bullied at school or online, reach out to their teacher or school counselor for help.
Discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation can also lead to teen suicide. Racism, discrimination and related stressors are unfortunately all too common in our society. If your child is experiencing discrimination at school or in their community, reach out to a support group or counseling service specializing in these issues.
No parent ever wants to think about their child taking their own life. However, it’s important to be aware of the warning signs of teen suicide so that you can get help for your child if they need it. Some common causes of teen suicide include the loss of a loved one, bullying, and discrimination. If you’re concerned about your child’s mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for help. Call us today at 816.819.5166 or click to schedule online.
It’s important to never dismiss what your child is telling you, especially if they are expressing thoughts of suicide. Many kids who attempt suicide will tell their parents ahead of time (though others do not). These warning signs indicate an urgent need for help.
Don’t risk being wrong about this. Take every statement about suicide seriously.
Warning Signs That Your Child May Be suicidal:
1. “I want to die.”
2. “I don’t care anymore.”
3. “Nothing matters.”
4. “I wonder how many people would come to my funeral?”
5. “Sometimes I wish I could just go to sleep and never wake up.”
6. “Everyone would be better off without me.”
7. “You won’t have to worry about me much longer.”
These words indicate an urgent need for help. If your child is expressing any of these thoughts, don’t dismiss them as “teenage drama.” Seek professional help immediately. Don’t risk being wrong about this. These warning signs indicate an urgent need for help.
Call us today at 816.819.5166 or click to schedule online.