Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10 – 24 years old. As parents, educators, family, and friends, we must recognize that youth is a risk factor in and of itself.
Note that bullying, both in person and online, are significant contributors to youth suicide. Policies of no bullies or zero tolerance around bullying behavior are important first steps.
Letting the kids in your life know that they are cared about and that they have people and places where they can safely discuss their feelings is a crucial part of prevention.
Hold your children close. Don’t be afraid to ask. Take a moment today to make sure that the children you are close to know that they are loved.