Suicide Prevention and Intervention
More than 36,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. It is this country’s 10th leading cause of death. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24 year olds, and the fifth leading cause of death for 5-to-14 year olds.
Teenagers experience strong feelings of stress, confusion, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, and other fears while growing up. For some teenagers, divorce, the formation of a new family with step-parents and step-siblings, or moving to a new community can be very unsettling and can intensify self-doubts. For some teens, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems and stress.
Depression and suicidal feelings are treatable mental disorders. The child or adolescent needs to have his or her illness recognized and diagnosed, and appropriate treatment plans developed. When parents are in doubt whether their child has a serious problem, a psychiatric examination can be very helpful. It is important to remember that everyone can help prevent the tragedy of a suicide, just speak up and show that you care.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
This site provides comprehensive resources related to suicide risk for youth age 12 and younger on mental health, developing life skills, and promoting the development of the positive relationships with caring adults.
American Association of Suicidology
The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention.
Common Reactions to Suicide
Common Student Reactions & Recommended Staff Response to Suicide
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The mission of AACAP is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.