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Youth Suicide2 min read

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24.

Youth Suicide2 min read

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24, and it is the tenth leading cause of death among all persons. Many factors come to play when it comes to suicide. It can be relationships problems, substance misuse, a recent crisis, or financial stress.

When we hear the word suicide, we are quick to think of mental health disorder. However, research shows that most people that died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. Regardless of age, economic, social, and ethnic boundaries, suicide occurs.

There is a misconception about open discussions of suicide when it comes to a son or daughter. You probably think it’s a risk when in reality it’s the opposite. By giving room to a loved one on discussions related to fears, insecurities, or doubts, it can prevent future destructive behaviors.


• Feeling like a burden
• Being isolated
• Increased anxiety
• Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
• Increased substance use
• Looking for a way to access lethal means
• Increased anger or rage
• Extreme mood swings
• Expressing hopelessness
• Sleeping too little or too much
• Talking or posting about wanting to die
• Making plans for suicide

Youth SuicideI fell into a deep depression after my 19-year-old daughter committed suicide with an overdose. After she comited suicide, I started to drink every night, in order to sleep and to keep myself awake during the day, I would smoke, take speed, and cocaine.  My family thought that I was losing my mind. They were about to have me commited. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. Today, I no longer drink, smoke, nor take any drugs.  – Nicole

You need to understand something…Only God has the power to restore… He knows how to do the work of restoration. It doesn’t matter how bad the situation is, there is nothing impossible for God.


WAYS TO BE HELPFUL TO SOMEONE WHO IS THREATENING SUICIDE 1. Be aware. Learn the warning signs. 2. Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support. 3. Ask if he/she is thinking about suicide. 4. Be direct. Talk openly and freely about suicide. 5. Be willing to listen. Allow for expression of feelings. Accept the Feelings. 6. Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life. 7. Don’t dare him/her to do it. 8. Don’t give advice by making decisions for someone else to tell them to behave differently. 9. Don’t ask ‘why’. This encourages defensiveness. 10. Offer empathy, not sympathy. 11. Don’t act shocked. This creates distance. 12. Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support. 13. Offer hope that alternatives are available, do not offer glib reassurance; it only proves you don’t understand.

Youth Suicide

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