Suicide Prevention in Children and Teens

Updated: Oct 14, 2019

Suicide is the is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students and more 15 - 24 year olds died of suicide (9.9%) than of cancer (5.8%) according to the Centers for Disease Control. The difference is that suicide can be prevented.

The two most important things that we can do as parents and as a community are to:

1. Learn risk factors and what to look for.
2. Be that person - the one who is paying attention and cares becomes a literal lifeline.

My personal story, "When Teens Want to Die" is an illustration of how it only takes one person to save a life. But this age group are dealing with number of biological and sociological issues that can make them much more challenging to protect. Understanding gender differences, what to watch for, and risk factors, gives us the ability to be 'that person' - the one who is paying attention and can save a life!

Gender Differences and Precautions

Males more commonly use a firearm to commit suicide.

  • Keep firearms out of the house or at least in secure lock-down off premises

Females commonly use a form of po