Teen Suicide: What you can Do About It?

“Depressed teens often attempt suicide after experiencing one crushing disappointment or stressful incident.”

Teen Threat

According to the US National Center for Health Statistics, suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens and young adults, following accidents and homicides. It’s become such a scourge to teenagers, people have feared and gravely misunderstood mental illness. Shrouded in myth and superstition, it’s stigma has often prevented victims from seeking help.

And because mental illness often strikes when children are spreading their wings and challenging parental controls, it can be difficult to recognize. Researches have made giant strides in identifying the causes and symptoms of many forms of mental illness. Almost all studies suggest organic or physical causes. Most victims can be successfully treated by medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.

“Keeping communication lines open is not enough. Sometimes, initiating it is a must so the children will feel safe enough to talk about their physical and emotional pain”

Deadly Masquerade

The truth is that sometimes the signs are so much a part of a person’s usual, expected behavior that they are perceived as normal. The manic highs of adult bipolar disease frequently masquerade in teens as irritability,dis-respectfulness, or just a rotten attitude.

Teens who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder,often attempt suicide after experiencing one crushing disappointment or stressful incident. Many of them talk about suicide or dying, desiring to “be in a better place.

Some make unsuccessful attempts that are ignored or dismissed as selfish cries for attention. Only rarely are these attempts recognized as signs of despair and taken seriously. Unless this children receive immediate medical intervention, they can add to the appalling statistics.

But keeping lines of communication open is not enough. Sometimes parents,teachers,doctors, or religious leaders must initiate the conversation so the children will feel safe enough to talk about their physical and emotional pain.

The American Psychiatric Association suggest that all teens, whenever they are seen by a physician or other medical professional, should be asked outright how they feel and of they have ever considered hurting themselves. Other adults can explore in a nonjudgmental way the teens feeling about friends and school.

Beware of These Warning Shots

Factors that may incline a teenager toward suicide/warnings of such an inclination:

The illness of death (particularly if by suicide) of a close relative or friend

Broken relationships

Self-hatred, low self-esteem, or depression

Abuse of Alcohol or drugs

Long-standing physical or emotional pain

Feelings of hopelessness, powerlessness or despair

Expressions of anxiety about hurting him/her-self or others


17 responses to “Teen Suicide: What you can Do About It?

  1. I feel as a parent we should know our kids well enough to see the signs.. I also feel that the friends of the teen should know them enough to see the signs.. It is a real tragedy when i hear or read about this, the kids have an entire life to live and they take it too soon.

  2. My son’s bestfriend committed suicide when he was 16 years old. It was a horrible time and even though his mother and father were very much involved in his life there were some things that even they couldn’ t fix.

  3. I’m not sure if life has become harder or mental health has just become an open topic. It’s so difficult to understand what others are going through, especially teens. I think it’s critical to get them help if you think they need it. Establish a foundation of trust early in life.

  4. Teens, I remember when I was at this stage, I always act different everyday. I was aware it is because of the hormone and I really did my best to control myself if I feel weird. All I can do to save teens from suicide is to give some advice and pray for them.

  5. This is such a powerful topic … thanks for breaking the ice and starting it up. Funny how dinner conversations tend more to wars, politics, and reality shows then something that effects us up close and personal. Young people really take the death of a peer to heart.

  6. Suicide is so common, especially with young people now. This is really serious. I’m so glad that you are helping bring attention to it.

  7. This article is great for parents who want to make sure their teens are in the right path of life. This kind of issue is very important and should not be taken for granted. Communication is always the key for healthy parent child relationship.

  8. Being a teenager can really be confusing since they are not adults but they are not kids either. They want to feel important but they don’t want to be smothered. I think the important thing is that they be guided through this stage and be out of their confusion.

  9. Great post.. and the points you discussed are absolutely right..Teen suicides are very pity ones..they don’t know even what is going wrong on them.Parents should be aware of their children at my teenage also i experienced so many issues .only experienced can feel the issue ..thanks for opening the discussion and nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚
    have nice time

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