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Posted on Jun 20, 2019 in Anxiety, Counseling, Depression, Grief, News, Suicide, Teens

Teen Suicide Risk

Teenagers undergo major life changes and are prone to extreme mood changes. If they are unable to cope with these changes, they may experience episodes of anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns which may lead to suicide. Suicide is the second highest cause of death among teenagers worldwide. While suicidal ideation is not something you can particularly cure, you may be able to prevent instances of suicide in those that are in your reach. How do you figure out if a teenager is suicidal or not? Some teenagers expertly hide their emotions and it is difficult to tell whether they are in fact considering ending their lives. A close watch on subtle changes in their personality can sometimes help indicate whether they are at risk of suicide. These can include: Talking excessively about death and self-harm is an obvious red flag. Similarly, expressing hopelessness for the future and helplessness for one’s situation in life may indicate suicide risk. Changes in the teenager’s eating and sleeping patterns also hold...

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Posted on May 9, 2019 in Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, Parenting, Relationships, Suicide

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, May 9, 2019 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Over 10 years ago, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) began to highlight the importance of every child’s mental health as well as share the message that positive mental health is an essential component of health child development. The purpose of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is to increase public awareness about the needs of children and teens with serious mental illness and severe emotional disturbance, provide information on evidence-based practices, encourage those in need of help to seek treatment and support families caring for children with mental health needs. This year, the theme for this day is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work.” This article will take a look at ways to recognize if your child may be considering suicide. Suicidal ideation, or the tendency towards suicidal thinking, is difficult to identify in children. They are more reluctant to talk wanting to die than adults. Not even the child’s parents are privy to these...

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