Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers?
In fact, teen suicide has more than tripled in the past 30 years. There’s a lot to say about this subject, but time will only allow me to point out a couple crucial points.
First, because depression is often the result of indecision, don’t think that a teen who’s been contemplating suicide won’t follow through with it just because his depression lifts. This can be a sign that a bad decision has already been made.
Second, when a teen talks about a time, a place and a method, this is a sign that intervention is needed. You cannot afford to procrastinate.
Get help immediately and keep your child under guard around the clock until you do.
Resources to Help Understand Self Injurious Behavior
I have written extensively on the topic of teen self-injurious behavior. These resources may provide you with insight into your child and his or her struggles with suicidal tendencies.
Find out more in my all encompassing article Self Injurious Index.
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Conversation Starter: Suicide is a tough topic for any family to discuss. What are some additional ways that you can help your child when your teen is threatening suicide?