September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

Through honest conversation and by providing kids who need it with help, we can prevent suicides and save lives. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.

Know the Facts

  • 44,965 people die by suicide each year (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

Protective Factors

  • Strong connections with family, friends and community

  • Good problem-solving abilities

  • Access to appropriate clinical intervention

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

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

Crisis Resources

Mrs. De Leon is also available to help. Her direct phone line is (541) 372-9334

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