Today the suicide rate of teens have increased dramatically. According to USA Today (March 2018), “…suicidal thoughts and actions more than doubled from 2008 to 2015.” The mental health of youth is an important factor that needs to be addressed effectively and without shame.
I recently read an article that attributed the film and TV series “13 Reasons Why” to the increase of teen suicide. Realistically, the show cannot be the main contributing factor to the rise of teen suicide. The lack of sufficient and useful knowledge is the issue. Its time to look at how the conversation of suicide is approached.
#1 Research, Relate, Recite
The best way to talk about it is to know about it. The internet offers many reliable and credible sources to gain the knowledge you need about dealing with teen suicide. Try searching Amazon for some great books.
#2 Support and Success
Your local support groups and community resources can provide hope in a hopeless situation. Hearing others’ struggles and success stories can be very educational and eye opening to the reality of suicide and its effects. You can use Google to locate your nearest suicide support group. NAMI is another great community outreach resource. Remember if the first resource or support group does not fit your style, don’t give up, visit others until you find the right one.
#3 Do It The Professional Way
Don’t be ashamed to seek professional advice and guidance. Your local psychiatrist or therapist can give you the insight you need into suicide facts and prevention. The majority of EAPs and insurance will cover the fee for free. The sessions are confidential so don’t worry about who will know you attended a therapy session.
For immediate attention call the suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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