September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults aged 15–25, accounting for more deaths each year than all natural causes combined.
The tragedy is that this loss of life is preventable. Suicidal crises usually pass, and treatment is available than can reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
So how does a parent or concerned adult know if their child or one of their child's friends is at risk? And what should they do if they suspect a teen or young adult may be having suicidal thoughts? We have compiled some information and resources that may help.