In a recent article published by the Washington Post, a woman tells the story of how her sister died at the age of 31: depression and suicide killed her. Perhaps if there was more widespread awareness of the dangers and symptoms of ideas of suicide in teens, these situations could be scarce. Suicide in teens is a rare topic that needs to be addressed much more openly than it is currently. 

How often does suicide in teens happen?

According to the CDC, in the past year around 17 percent of students (grades 9-12) had seriously thought about committing suicide, 13.6 percent planned how they would do it, and 8 percent actually attempted to commit suicide at least once. That means for every 25 students you come across, 2 of them have tried to take their own life. Not surprisingly, suicide is the third leading cause of death among students 10-14 and second in ages 15-34.

What pushes teens to suicide?

Many things can cause a teen to want to take their own life. Sometimes life, especially for a teenager, can seem impossible. Knowing the reasons for suicide in teens can help parents, teachers, and others help identify when someone is at risk. From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, reasons for suicidal thoughts include: 
Health Issues. This can include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and more. Suicide in teens can also be spurred on by frequent substance abuse or a prolonged chronic health issue.
Life Factors. This includes traumatic events like a close family member or friend dying. It can also include bullying and other extended stress factors. Being able to access life-endangering equipment can also be a factor, such as guns or drugs.
Family History. If your family has a history of suicides, it’s possible that has something to do with your child’s suicidal tendencies.

blueFire can help

blueFire is a wilderness therapy program for struggling teens, ages 11 to 17. Our students often grapple with issues such as suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral challenges.
For more information about blueFire Wilderness, please call 1 (844) 413-1999 today!

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