Suicide's on the rise among teens. While hard data can't explain why, certain behaviors may provide the clues that it's being considered seriously.
It happens too frequently now, leaving everyone at a loss. Suicide among teens. And while Dr. Thomas Simon of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says, “We don’t have good explanations for why we’re seeing this increase,” everyone knows they have to look harder.
According to the CDC, 5,504 people ages 10 to 24 died by suicide in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available. The figure has risen steadily for this age group since 2010. Experts admit it’s not clear what’s causing the rise — the data can’t tell that story.
A lack of connectedness with others?
“Almost all kids who are bullied have some vulnerability that led them to be targets of bullies,” says Maureen Underwood, clinical director for the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network’s Williamson County chapter lists warning signs and risk factors posted on their website, yet many adults are not privy to warnings because teens are so skilled at hiding emotions. Something to look out for is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. There are many, many warning signs related to thoughts, feelings and behaviors, all listed at TSPN’s website.
If a teen TALKS about the following, a warning flag should go up and you should take it seriously:
• Being a burden to others
• Feeling trapped
• Experiencing unbearable pain
• Having no reason to live
• Killing themselves.
People who are CONSIDERING SUICIDE often display one or more of the following moods:
• Loss of interest
- Discover more risk factors and learn more at the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Nework.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK.