Youth suicide is an epidemic that affects societies worldwide. In Western societies, the rate of youth suicide is quite high. However, this does not mean that every young person who wants to end their life has no hope. Here are some reasons that may lead a young person to take their own life. Read on to learn more about the issue. Sadly, suicide rates are rising in young people everywhere. To prevent it, we must learn more about the signs and causes of youth suicide.
First, it is vital that a teenager get medical attention if they are considering suicide. The CDC, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychological Association, Zero Suicide, and the Mental Health Research Network all offer helpful information about suicide. In addition, a family member’s input is necessary to determine whether or not your child is at risk for suicide. In some cases, it is the teen’s own fault.
Research shows that mental disorders and specific personality traits are among the most important risk factors for youth suicide. The interplay between these factors makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly which one is responsible for a youth’s decision to end his or her life. Other risk factors include genetic loading and exposure to inspirational models. An integrated multi-sector initiative should help reduce the risk of suicide by addressing the underlying factors. A specialized field is needed to identify and address these factors.
To prevent youth suicide, pediatric health clinicians, parents, peers, and health care providers should identify young people at risk for suicide. Often, suicide is preventable. By identifying the signs and symptoms of youth at risk, clinicians and other health professionals can intervene in a positive way. However, the prevention of youth suicide is difficult without a strong national effort. Only a small fraction of young people who attempt suicide will ever get treatment.
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) focuses on preventing youth suicide by developing positive choices and overcoming initial resistance to treatment. Emotional and cognitive modalities are also a part of a therapist’s treatment. While there is no one “cure” for suicide, the development of positive coping skills and relaxation techniques can help protect youth from the path to suicide. The goal of TWLOHA’s 10th annual campaign is $250,000 for teen suicide prevention treatment.