Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 10- to 24-year-olds. Parents can help protect their children by being aware of risk factors and warning signs and talking with their child. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about suicide, including how to prevent suicide and what to do in a crisis.
The best way to find out whether a child or an adolescent is thinking of suicide is to ask. However, this can be a difficult topic. Your child’s doctor may be able to suggest ways to start the conversation.
If your child or teen feels depressed, you should watch for signs that they are considering suicide, including
Children and adolescents who feel depressed, express suicidal thoughts, and are also using alcohol or other substances are more likely to die by suicide. Be sure to ask your teen about alcohol use and discuss with the doctor...