Teen Suicide: Risk Factors, Signs And Parents’ Action


Teen suicide is unfortunately common, and it’s beyond terrifying to think just how devastating this can be for a parent.

It seems that suicide is the second-most common cause of death among adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 in Canada, according to the Huffington Post. This number is surpassed only by accidents, says Statistics Canada’s report.

Teens who are struggling with mental illness and addiction seem to have the highest rate of suicide attempts in the country, according to a recent report coming from the World Health Organization last year.

The child suicide rate in Canada is among the top five globally, according to the Canadian Press.

More than that, a recent Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation found that more than 5,800 kids and teens died by suicide across Canada during the last 13 years.

So, needless to say, the overall scene is pretty horrifying.

World Mental Health Day

Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and in order to mark the event, the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) tweeted a link to their tips to identify and treat early signs of suicide in adolescents.

You can read more details on their tweet here.

Main risk factors for teen suicide

CPS reported that mental illness, previous suicide attempts or deliberate self-harm, along with impulsivity, breakups, conflicts, bullying and even academic disappointment, mental illness in the family and lack of supportive environments – these are all the main risk factors for teen suicide.

Warning signs you should pay attention to

Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) notes on its official websites the main warning signs that a parent should pay attention to.

These include “talking about suicide and asking what it would be like if they were no longer around, expressing feelings of worthlessness, seeming hopeless about the future (saying things like “What’s the use?”), and becoming obsessed with giving away their belongings” according to CHEO, as reported by Huffington Post.

More signs include the following: “preoccupation with death, withdrawing from friends and family, aggressive or hostile behavior, neglecting personal appearance, running away from home, risk-taking behavior, and a change in personality.”

What should parents do?

Parents are always advised to talk to their kids, to tell them that they are noticing something is wrong and to try and get them to open up and speak about what is happening and what they are feeling.

“Even if your child says ‘no’ when you directly ask about thoughts of suicide, trust your instincts. If you are worried your child or teen is in immediate danger for suicide, then get help,” CHEO said. Read the complete article on Huffington Post here.



Recommended For You

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *