While we like to think that youth suicide is a rare occurrence, the fact is that suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15-24.
While the rationale for the act varies, there are warning signs that parents, educators and friends should be aware of that can help signal a problem. Some are blatant, others are more subtle. All should be taken very seriously. Do not be afraid to broach the subject. By asking questions and offering a sympathetic ear to the child in need, you are providing assurance that somebody cares, as well as, giving him/her the chance to talk about his/her problems.
For those under the false impression that suicide is the only way out, it is critical to know that help is available. If you need help or if you know of a child, who is showing suicidal warning signs, please contact your school, spiritual leader, professional counselor or other community resource for help. With support from family and professional counselors, children and teenagers who are suicidal can heal and return to a healthy path of development. We must all make a commitment to helping today’s youth before another innocent life is lost.