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Teen suicide: What parents and caregivers need to know

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Is your teen at risk of suicide? While no teen is immune, there are factors that can make some adolescents more vulnerable than others. Understand how to tell if your teen might be suicidal and where to turn for help and treatment.

What makes teens vulnerable to suicide?

Many teens who attempt or die by suicide have a mental health condition. As a result, they have trouble coping with the stress of being a teen, such as dealing with rejection, failure, breakups and family turmoil. They might also be unable to see that they can turn their lives around -- and that suicide is a permanent response, not a solution, to a temporary problem.

What are the risk factors for teen suicide?

A teen might feel suicidal due to certain life circumstances such as:

-- Having a psychiatric disorder, including depression


-- Loss of or conflict with close friends or family members

-- History of physical or sexual abuse or exposure to violence

-- Problems with alcohol or drugs

-- Physical or medical issues, for example, becoming pregnant or having a sexually transmitted infection


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