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Teens, Parents Underestimate Teen Suicide Risk

Study Shows Parents and Teens Believe Suicide Isn't a Problem in Their Communities

Screening for Suicide Risk continued...

If you suspect teenagers might be thinking about suicide, the AAP recommends:

  • Act quickly. Suicide is preventable, but quick action is important. 
  • Ask about it, and don't be afraid to say the word "suicide." Using the word may help at-risk teenagers understand that someone has heard their cries for help. 
  • Reassure teenagers that you love them, and make sure they know that no matter how bad the problems seem, they can be worked out. 
  • Encourage them to talk about their feelings, and listen carefully. Don't dismiss the problem or get angry. 
  • Remove all lethal weapons from your home, including guns, pills, kitchen utensils, and ropes. 
  • Seek professional help. Ask your teenager's pediatrician for guidance.

 

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