Teen suicide: A silent crisis

Teen suicide has become the second leading cause of death of teens and young adults (15 years to 24 years.) With 5079 suicides in the same age group, the suicide rate has been increasing since 2014.  

The majority of teens who are attempt suicide have mental health issues. Children experiencing extreme feelings of sadness, anger, or hypertension are more likely to attempt suicide.

According to the 2017 recordings, the female suicide rate is almost twice as much of males. However, males are more likely to succeed.  

  • Suicide rate (Women 22%, Men 12%)
  • Suicide attempting (Women 9%, Men 5%)
  • Required Medical attention (Women 3.1%, Men 1.5%)

Most people do not take it seriously as it is supposed to be. Suicidal thoughts and actual attempts are mostly “a cry for help” or a way to get attention. Many of them get neglected even if they gather all the courage to talk about their mental state. If anyone around you is talking or even thinking about it, you should never dismiss such a threat without ensuring their safety. These suicide cries may not mean that they will commit suicide, but it is a chance that no one should take. Depression and suicidal thoughts are medically-curable disorders. The person who is suffering needs to acknowledge the illness to get it treated.

Talking about the most threatening illness, you should know the factors and reasons why most teens get into it. What are the prominent factors? What can you do to protect them? Let us take a look at the reasons for the suicidal behavior of teens.

Factors that make teens vulnerable to suicide

The main factor that urges teens to attempt suicide is their mental health. Mental illness can cause difficulty to cope with any stress. And as a result, they end up choosing to end their life. They do not feel strong enough to fight the real problem.

Here are some of the reasons why a child could end up attempting suicide.

  • Unacceptance in society can be another factor for suicide attempts. For example, if a child struggles with their sexual orientation in an unsupportive surrounding, it could hurt them emotionally.
  • Any changes, such as divorce or separation of their parents, break up with your loved one, job loss, or any other loss.
  • If a child does not feel appreciated and supported by his family or friends, it could result in emotional damage. So, lack of attention and support can cause the risk of attempting suicide.
  • Failed suicide attempts could increase the chances of committing suicide.
  • Excessive drugs or alcohol consumption can be a risk of suicidal attempts.
  • Another factor that can encourage them to do this is family history. A family with a history of child abuse, violence, or suicide cases is nothing reason.
  • Psychiatric disorders like depression and not being able to deal with stress could result in suicidal behavior. 
  • Emotional traumas like the loss of something or someone important. (A family member, pet, or friend.)
  • Kids who become a victim of bullying or other issues have more chances of committing suicide.
  • Excessive medication and pills.
  • Helplessness and hopelessness are other reasons that could result in feeling low in life.

Warning signs of teens being suicidal

Here are some of the signs kids could show that might help parents identify the suicidal behavior.

  • Major mood swings
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol
  • Practicing self-harm
  • Feeling sad
  • Staying in the room for several hours
  • Avoiding deep conversations
  • Avoiding any help from anyone
  • Having emotional breakdowns because of small inconveniences
  • Ignoring friends and quitting contact with the outside world.
  • Writing about suicide
  • Using suicidal statements
  • Disturbed routine
  • Less physical activities
  • Being anxious

How can you protect your kids?

Teenage years are the most untrusted years of a kid’s life. You cannot trust them or anyone who is a part of their life during these years. They try out new things that could result in anything unexpected. It could be positive, or it could result in emotional or physical damage.

Parental support is one of the most important things that could help kids fight their mental health issues

Here are some of the ways parents could be supportive and help their kids:

Paying extra attention

Parents’ love and attention are some of the most powerful things. It can help your kids in fighting their fears and insecurities.

Staying involved in their lives

Try to be more active when it comes to their personal life. Spend time with them – have dinner or take them to their favorite parks and have a little chat.

Addressing the real issues

If you see any change in their behavior, tell them, and talk to them about it. Do not wait for your kids to come to you. They might not have the courage to admit their illness.

Supporting them

You should always make them feel supported and loves. Your unconditional love is one of the things that can help kids get over their anxiety and other mental health issues. Kids get scared easily. Make sure they know you love them regardless of their mistakes.

Monitoring their activities

Using monitoring apps like XNSPY could help you keep track of their online activities. This way, you can ensure that they are safe from online hazards like cyberbullying or harassment.

Removing dangerous equipment from the house

If your child is suffering from any mental health disorder, their safety is their first responsibility. Try to keep every dangerous piece of equipment away from them. Access to pills or drugs can endanger their lives.

Encouraging them to continue their treatment

No one should be ashamed of getting their mental illness treated. Try to make your kids comfortable with this thought and encourage them to get their treatment. Help them follow the recommendations their doctor provides.

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