The teenage years can be some of the hardest years because they are filled with such major changes. Body changes, changes in thought, changes in feelings, and pressure at school are some of the top feelings that teenagers begin to feel as they get into this time of their life. On top of this, changes in friendships and family can also cause stress and sadness in a teenagers life.
HOW DO TEENAGERS DEAL WITH ALL OF THESE NEWFOUND CHANGES?
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. Everyday in the United States, there are 5,400 suicide attempts by people in the grades of 7-12. On top of all of this, 4 out of 5 teenagers who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
LOOK FOR THE WARNING SIGNS
The first step to decrease the number of suicide attempts by teenagers is to understand the warning signs. If you or a loved one is suffering from one or more of these warning signs, please reach out and find the help needed before it is too late.
- Changes in eating and sleeping habits
- Withdrawal from friends and family members
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Acting-out behaviors and running away
- Neglecting one’s personal appearance
SUPPORT YOUR TEENAGER
Always take the threats of suicide very seriously, it is a cry for help. When you notice changes in behavior, take your teenager to be evaluated right away. There are many different types of therapy available for teenagers struggling with the depression, but the first step comes from seeking help for them. Listen to what your teenager has to say and do not offer criticism. Remind them that it might take time to feel better, and that you will ALWAYS support their treatment plan.
ARE YOU OKAY?
If you are suffering from depression as a teenager, it is okay to not be okay. Remember that this feeling can be overcome. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and let the people who love you support you during this difficult time.
THE TIME IS NOW.
The only way that the number of suicide attempts among teenagers can be decreased is to educate yourselves in regards to this topic. Know the warning signs, understand how to seek support, and know the options for treatment. Remember it is okay to NOT be okay. This change starts with you, and learning how to support and understand the struggle that so many teenagers suffer from.
IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, CALL 911 OR THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
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