Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among school age youth. Here are some of the warning signs of suicide and what you can do to help. This column is brought to you by the KS Health Services Department – Mālama Ola (To Care for Life).
According to a recent survey, 30% of Hawai‘i high school students reported experiencing chronic sadness over the past year, 16% seriously considered suicide, and 10% attempted suicide. The rates were even higher for middle schoolers.
Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among school age youth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – the source of the statistics above. Young people contemplating suicide often show warning signs. Parents, teachers and friends can pick up on these signs and offer help.
Look for the signs
Keep your mind, eyes, ears and heart open to the possibility that thoughts of suicide may be present in your child. Suicide warning signs include:
How to help a suicidal teen
Following are some recommendations for helping suicidal teens from Mental Health America, a national leader in mental health support, recovery and advocacy:
If you think your child may be suicidal, use the resources below to get free help –
24 hours a day, seven days a week:
Read how KS is cultivating community awareness of suicide and its prevention as part of the Kaua‘i Resilience Project. For a comprehensive list of crisis support resources, see the Mālama Ola Student and ‘Ohana Resources web page. For additional non-crisis help, please contact an on-campus KS behavioral health professional.
Get more health, well-being and safety tips at the Mālama Ola website.