Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in children 11-18 years old. Many children of age 12-17 years old have had at least one episode of what doctors consider a "major depressive episode"Â�. Teens often do not get the help they need for depression and suicide.
The American Academy of Pediatrics knows the best way to detect these problems is to have health care providers screen teens regularly. In addition, parents need to be educated about what to look for in their own teens. The CDC and NIH have some good information on these topics.
Just for Teens
Teens often do not get the help they need for depression and suicide. If you feel sad a lot or have had thoughts about hurting yourself, you could be depressed. Here's some helpful links and numbers. YOU are too precious and Life is a gift which requires patience. Hang in there and look into these sites.
If you know someone in crisis: Please call 1-800-273-TALK, free 24-hour help or go to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- CDC: Children's Mental Health Report
- National Institutes of Mental Health - Teen Depression
BCFS Star Program can also be very helpful! Services to At Risk Youth 210-283-5183