Preventing Suicide in Youth: What Parents Need to Know

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Suicide and addiction or substance abuse can go hand in hand.  From the article:

Why it’s important to talk about mental health and suicide

Suicide has been in the news with several high profile celebrity deaths. Rates of youth suicide have increased 58% since 2007 and rates of suicide among 10-14 year old girls has nearly tripled in that time. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death in the United States for kids ages 10-19.

  • Approximately 1 out of every 6 high school students has considered suicide in the past year
  • Suicide affects people of every race, religious background, and income level
  • Kids need to know the warning signs of suicide and how to get help if needed
  • The earlier a mental health issue is identified, the sooner treatment and recovery can begin"