Suicide is a major public health concern.
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people, and, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, was the tenth-leading cause of death in the nation (CDC, 2019). Every year in the U.S., more people die by suicide than in car accidents. 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. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.
- Suicide Resources for Youth
- Know the Warning Signs and Risk Factors
- Teens and Suicide: What Parents Should Know
- Talking to Teens: Suicide Prevention
- Having a Conversation about Suicide with your Child
- Prevention Information for Parents
- 7 Ways to Improve Resiliency and Reduce Suicide Risk
- A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt