High school student Clay Jensen lands in the center of a series of heartbreaking mysteries set in motion by a friend's tragic suicide.
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With inpatient psychiatric services in short supply, adolescents are spending days, even weeks, in hospital emergency departments awaiting the help they desperately need.
It's an area of particular interest for colleges, as suicide is the second-leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers and young adults, and these are the groups most likely to experience contagion. With the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating depression and thoughts of suicide in some people, several universities have needed postvention strategies over the past year and a half.
The thought of suicide is terrifying, but we have to make talking about it a part of everyday life.
Twice as many young people in the U.S. died of suicide than of Covid. Three-quarters of Covid deaths struck people over 65. But suicide has become the leading cause of death for young people in over 100 countries – including India, says Dr. Vikram Patel, the Professor of Global Health at Harvard...
An influential U.S. group is raising doubts about routine suicide screening for children and teens even as others call for urgent attention to youth mental health.
In draft guidance posted Tuesday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said there’s not enough evidence to recommend routinely screening kids who show no obvious signs of being suicidal.
New research is uncovering warning signs that might indicate whether a child is more likely to act on those thoughts.
Depression, self-harm and suicide are rising among American adolescents. For one 13-year-old, the despair was almost too much to take.
Increases in depression and suicide appeared among teens in 2012 – the same time smartphone ownership became the norm.
There are good research-backed solutions to prevent suicide among young people.
Too often, suicide attempts and deaths by suicide, especially among the young, become family secrets that are not investigated and dealt with in ways that might protect others from a similar fate.
Readers offer their analysis of why they are despondent and how best to help them.
Teens were hospitalized for suicide. Researchers then asked them to think about the adults who cared about them.
Tony Luna needed help from his mental health team – but teletherapy put physical and psychological distance between him and the help he needed, upending routines he had come to rely on for security and comfort
About a week before 15-year-old Ankan Dey’s body was found in the bathroom of his home on Aug. 12, a towel wrapped around his neck and a plastic sheet around his face, he had scribbled an English poem in his notebook. Dey had shown the poem to a close circle of friends, who recommended he show it to one of the teachers at their school in West Midnapore district. He did not.
Studies suggest that stigma about mental illness and the feeling that one will be outcast further or ignored may keep black youth from sharing their thoughts. Also, public health and mental health experts may be unaware that suicide risk factors could show up differently depending on ethnic group.
Its own in-depth research shows a significant teen mental-health issue that Facebook plays down in public.
The study found kids of all ages are affected though increases were greatest for older adolescents.
Suicide deaths have been rising in recent years. Thoughtful treatment is necessary.
It's hard work that requires parents to listen to their children, acknowledge their struggles and help them find a way out of their darkness. And in the long run, it calls for creating a home environment where kids feel safe sharing their emotional lives and where families solve problems together.
The Covid-19 pandemic had a “devastating” effect on mental health problems that were already widespread by 2019, exacerbated by popular media that undermine youth’s feelings of self-worth by telling them they are not attractive, popular or wealthy enough,...
FOR half a century, America's young people have been felled by a seemingly unlikely killer: themselves.
This increasing trend is particularly evident among young women, including those under the age of 14. The number of suicides by young women in this age group now exceeds that of young men. Rates of suicide among Indigenous young people are significantly higher than among non-Indigenous youth, and these too are increasing.
Multiple causes underlie a disturbing trend. The increase for girls is more than double that for boys.
Why are so many teenagers taking their own life? One factor is what I call “toxic socialization” — a process of physical or emotional childhood and adolescent abuse. Those who grow up in toxic environments are up to 12 times more likely to experience addiction, depression and to try to commit suicide.
For each suicide, many more teens think about suicide or attempt suicide. Our research shows that before age 21, about 22 per cent of adolescents claim to have thought about it, 10 per cent have had serious thoughts and seven per cent have attempted suicide. While the probability of death remains low, the likelihood of ideation (considering or wanting to end one’s own life) or attempts is common.
On any given day in 2012, there were about 2,400 teenagers serving time in adult state or federal prisons. And those teenagers were more likely to commit suicide than were inmates from any other age group.
Young people in the countryside have more guns, fewer doctors, and are more isolated than their urban counterparts—and a new study says they're killing themselves in greater numbers.
A new study found that teenagers are increasingly depressed, feel hopeless and are more likely to consider suicide. Researchers found a sudden increase in teens' symptoms of depression, suicide risk factors and suicide rates in 2012 — around the time when smartphones became popular, says Jean Twenge, one of the authors of the study.
Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?
While some viewers are utterly aghast at the show’s graphic and occasionally cavalier treatment of suicide, others praise its sharp exposé of teenage pain and declare it a “must-see” for young people.
Suicidal thoughts are common among teens and young adults. In fact, about 11% of young adults (ages 18-25) report that they’ve had serious thoughts about suicide, and about 1–2% report a suicide attempt during the prior year.
Emotions are tricky things. They allow for humans to fall in love, wage war and, as it turns out, engage in self-harm.
Even at the youth level, there is a lot of talk about being mentally tough as an athlete -- though the conversation about what that means may be changing.
There’s been a dramatic uptick in self-poisonings, particularly among girls and young women. There are ways to help.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth between ages 10 and 24 in the United States and across the globe. Rates of suicide death have increased since 1999, particularly among teen girls. In fact, teens in the U.S. are more likely to die by suicide than by any other medical illness. Even more teens seriously consider suicide and make suicide attempts compared to those who die by suicide. But, suicide is preventable. We just have to get better at predicting which teenagers are at risk and when.
Zero Suicide is a way to improve suicide care within health and behavioral health systems.
What’s causing today’s young people so much anguish? “This is always a tough question to answer, as we can’t prove for sure what the causes are,” Twenge says. “But there was one change that impacted the lives of young people more than older people, and that was the growth of smartphones and digital media like social media, texting and gaming.”
Suicide is one the leading causes of death among young adults. Recognizing the importance of addressing the suicide problem in this population, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has provided grants to support suicide prevention in campus, state, and tribal communities since 2005.
Researchers aren't sure why the rate for teen girls has increased so much in recent years. Though men continue to die by suicide more frequently than women, Luthar notes that women have always had higher rates of attempted suicide.