Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults age 15-to-24-year-olds.

  • The majority of children and adolescents who attempt suicide have a significant mental health disorder, usually depression.

  • Among younger children, suicide attempts are often impulsive. They may be associated with feelings of sadness, confusion, anger, or problems with attention and hyperactivity.

  • Among teenagers, suicide attempts may be associated with feelings of stress, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, disappointment, and loss. For some teens, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems.

  • Depression and suicidal feelings are treatable mental disorders. The child or adolescent needs to have his or her illness recognized and diagnosed, and appropriately treated with a comprehensive treatment plan.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator – a directory of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States and U.S. territories.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) - a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Callers are routed to the closest crisis center within Lifeline’s network of more than 160 centers.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) - provides technical assistance, training, and materials to assist states, tribes, campuses, organizations, professionals, and stakeholders develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies. Also, acts as Secretariat to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – a public/private partnership that advances the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention through the work of nearly 200 organizations.


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