Posted on: Saturday, September 14th, 2019
The topic of mental health is especially important this week with World Suicide Prevention Day having occurred on September 10th. The back to school season can take a mental toll on youth due to social and academic pressures, along with other stressors that you can read more about below.
Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Suicide is one of the top three causes of death for teens, and there can be many causes and risk factors for teen suicide such as mental health, social pressures, academic and identity stressors, etc. To read more on risks, warning signs, and what you can do as a parent to prevent teen suicide click here.
Every adolescent is different in the way they may mask their suicidal thoughts, and as a parent here’s what you can look for. If you suspect your child is depressed or suicidal, early intervention is the best way to prevent suicide and ensure your teen’s well-being. Click here for tips on how to talk to your child towards getting the help they need, and know when to get professional help for your teen.