HEARD Alliance | Suicide Prevention
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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

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  • Suicide can be defined as the act of intentionally taking one’s own life in response to unbearable hopelessness, frustration, and more.
  • The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry states suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds, and sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 14-year-olds.
  • Methods for self-harm commonly include firearms, medications, and suffocation.
  • Factors that increase risk of suicide (adapted from kidshealth.org) include:
    • Psychological disorders
    • Stress, irritability, agitation
    • Hopelessness or worthlessness
    • Previous suicide attempt
    • Family history of depression/suicide
    • Emotional, physical, sexual abuse
    • Lack of support, poor relationships, social isolation
    • Bisexuality, homosexuality
  • Warning signs (adapted from kidshealth.org) include:
    • Talking about suicide or death
    • Talking about hopelessness or guilt
    • Withdrawing from friends and family
    • Music, drawings, and additional creative work about death or loss
    • Giving away important possessions
    • Loss of interest in school, sports, hobbies
    • Trouble focusing
    • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Early intervention by friends, family, professionals etc. is key to managing suicidal ideations
  • Treatment includes psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of both
  • For further in-depth information on suicidality: