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Know the Facts

  • 44,965 people die by suicide each year (AFSP)
  • Based on the 2015 Youth Risk Behaviors Survey, 8.6 percent of youth in grades 9-12 reported that they had made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months (AFSP)
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people aged 5-25 (AACAP)
  • Every 2 hours and 11 minutes, a young person under the age of 25 contemplates suicide (Suicide& Crisis Center of North Texas)


Risk Factors

  • A recent or serious loss
  • A mental health disorder, particularly a mood disorder such as depression
  • Prior suicide attempts
  • Alcohol and other substance use disorders
  • Stigma associated with asking for help

Learn more about risk factors here.


Protective Factors

  • Strong connections with family, friends and community
  • Good problem-solving abilities
  • Access to appropriate clinical intervention

Learn more about protective factors here.


Warning Signs

  • Talking about suicide
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless
  • A deepening depression
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Taking unnecessary risks or exhibiting self-destructive behavior

Learn more about warning signs here.


What to Do if You’re Worried

  • Tell your child how important he or she is to you
  • Validate your child’s feelings and express empathy
  • Don’t be afraid to talk openly about your concern

Read a more detailed guide to helping children in distress here.


Crisis Resources



Mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder may increase the risk of suicide. Early diagnosis and intervention are essential. Treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness, as well as medication. Learn more about treatment here.

Get information about the Mood Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute or request an appointment here.


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Why its important:  Younger Americans report higher rates of depression and anxiety than previous generations. While there’s never a single cause of suicide, mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety are considered a primary risk factor.


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What is Anxiety?  

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Websites to Help With Anxiety 

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  • Mindshift will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle: Making Sleep Count, Riding Out Intense Emotions, Test Anxiety, Perfectionism, Social Anxiety, Performance Anxiety, Worry, Panic, and Conflict
  • Rate Health-line's best anxiety app for 2017 SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behavior over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection. The "Social cloud" feature will enable you to share your experiences with the SAM community while protecting your identity
  • Information on depression and mood, depression test, thought diary, videos on meditation, mindfulness, TED talks, and a safety plan if needed.
  • A Soft Murmur is a site that streams different types of ambient sounds and allows you to mix their volumes together however you like. Many people work in public spaces like libraries and coffee shops, but they can be noisy and distracting. Listening to ambient helps many people to focus, and being able to mix different sounds together to match the environment helps you feel in control of the experience.
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