Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among teenagers and students aged 15-24 in the U.S. While the cause of suicide and suicide attempts in this group is often complex and may be multi-faceted, statistics indicate that the stress, confusion, and self-doubt that accompanies adolescence often contributes to the risk of suicide in this demographic. While not all young people who have experienced depression, their parents’ divorce, alcohol and/or drug abuse or sexual identity confusion will attempt suicide, such events can further increase the risk for some individuals. Suicide prevention experts recommend raising awareness among parents and families of young people. They also recommend promoting suicide prevention resources such as suicide hotlines and online emergency chat services to this young demographic, in the hope that more people can recognize warning signs of suicide in teens and students.
- Youth Suicide Prevention Program – This national organization provides programs designed to educate teens and students, families, educators, and administrators about school curriculum, training, and community events available to unify young people and facilitate suicide prevention efforts.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide – This non-profit organization provides links and resources about emergency intervention services for teens at high risk for suicide, with a focus on developing acute skills of educators and counselors in this area, including online training and progressive educator programming.
- Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program – This resource is focused on making suicide prevention programs accessible to all young people by tearing down the barriers affecting communication about suicide and eliminating the stigma around suicide in our communities.
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This is a guide to educated students and their communities about suicide prevention. It breaks down the risk factors, warning signs, and high-risk populations, as well as offering suggestions on how to be supportive in community. It also discusses what to consider when picking a college while suffering from a mental illness and how to find help.