Practical Strategies for Parenting a Suicidal Teen

October 9, 2014 5:23 PM

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Most parents would panic if they discovered that their teenager was experiencing suicidal thoughts. Sometimes teens disclose to a parent when they are feeling depressed or suicidal. Frequently, parents find out about suicidal thoughts indirectly by reading their teen's texts or Facebook posts or hearing about it from their teen's friends, teacher, doctor, or mental health provider. Other parents just "know" when something seems wrong.

Thoughts of suicide, or "suicidal ideation," are relatively common among teenagers and young adults. A whopping 12.1 percent of American teenagers seriously consider attempting suicide in their lifetime (Nock et al., 2013), and approximately 2 million teens in the United States go on to attempt suic...

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