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Suicide



How common is suicide in children and teens?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported  that in 2014, suicide was the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24. Although these numbers may make suicide seem common, it is still a rare event. Suicidal thoughts or behaviors are more common than suicide deaths and are signs of extreme distress. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are not harmless bids for attention and should not be ignored.

What are some of the risks factors for suicide?

Risk factors vary with age, gender, or ethnic group and may change over time. Some factors that increase an individual's risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors are:

It is important to note that many people who have these risk factors are not suicidal.

What are the warning signs?

The following are some of the signs you might notice in yourself or a friend that may be reason for concern:

Seeking help is a sign of strength; if you are concerned, go with your instincts and seek professional help.

Reaching out to a friend you are concerned about is also a sign of strength.

What can I do for myself or someone else?

Immediate action is very important. Here are a few resources:

What if someone seems suicidal on social media?

Many social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, and Google+, have ways to report suicidal content and get help for the content creator. Each social media site has a different procedure, so search the site's help page for assistance.

What if I want to write a story about suicide?

Great idea! Here are suggestions for reporting on suicide: http://reportingonsuicide.org/ .

Where can I go for more information on suicide prevention?

You can:

-NIH



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