Dramatic Increase in Teen Suicide
CDC Reports Largest Spike in Teen Suicide Rate in 15 Years
Signs Not Always Obvious continued...
A brief psychological intervention may be all teens need if they have a
responsive and intact family, good relationships with their peers, hope for the
future, and a desire to resolve conflicts.
Hospitalization and long-term psychiatric care may be needed for teens
- Have made previous suicide attempts
- Show a strong intent to commit suicide
- Have serious depression or other major psychiatric disorders
- Abuse alcohol or drugs
- Have low impulse control
If a teen has made a suicide attempt, it's crucial to keep up continuous
psychological care after hospital discharge. It's important to continue
treatment of underlying psychiatric illnesses, to remove firearms from the
home, and to lock up potentially lethal medications. Getting the teen to agree
to a "no suicide" contract has not been proven effective.
"Suicide risk can only be reduced, not eliminated," Shain and
colleagues warn. "Risk factors can provide no more than guidance."
The national suicide hotline -- 800-273-TALK -- connects callers to one of
120 local suicide crisis centers.