What are Suicidal Behaviors?

By definition, a suicide is a death caused by self-directed, harmful behavior with the intent to die as a result of the behavior.

A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially harmful behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt may or may not result in injury.

Suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering or planning suicide.

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Suicide Protocols

Warning Signs of Suicide on Social Media

What You Can Do When It’s Someone You Know

People are spending more time on social media than ever. Most posts are harmless depictions of life in general; status updates, pictures of friends or food, or even a joke. However, sometimes discuss personal topics and show signs that things are not going well.

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Myths About Suicide: Moving Beyond Common Misconceptions

This is part two of a three-part series on myths surrounding suicide. When it comes to suicide, there’s a lot of competing information that makes it hard to tell myth from fact. But knowing the facts may allow us to take life-saving steps to help our children.

Myths About Suicide: Correcting Mental Health Stigma

This is part three of a three-part series on myths surrounding suicide. Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace that sets a person apart. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness creates shame, distress, and reluctance to get help.

Myths About Suicide: Depression is a Sign of Weakness

Depression is a real and serious condition. It is not much different than a chronic health condition in its ability to impact someone’s life. It can have both emotional and physical symptoms and make life very difficult for those who have it.

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Talking to Your Kids About Depression and Suicide

Talking to your child about suicide may be the toughest conversation you ever have, but it may also be the most important.

Emergency Departments Can Help Prevent Suicide

Emergency Departments Can Help Prevent Suicide

Secondary screenings, safety plans and phone follow-ups are key to reducing death by suicide.

Suicide Prevention

A Better Strategy for Suicide Prevention

To meet new ambitious national targets for reducing suicide, public health officials may need to focus on periods of high risk.

Talking With Kids About Suicide

Difficult, But Essential Conversations: Talking With Kids About Suicide

Experts say open conversations with kids about suicide could save lives.

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Suicide: The Conversation We Should Have With Our Kids

One of the best things we can do is give our young people the power to talk about mental health issues and topics as challenging as suicide without shutting the door. Even if your child is doing well, this is a powerful opportunity to help your child see it is okay to be emotionally open and could help them talk openly with friends.

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Talking With Kids About Suicide

According to national statistics, we lose more than 2,000 children and teens per year to suicide. Experts say parents who check in regularly with their child could have a life-saving conversation.

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy

Signs Your Child May Need Therapy

Gina McDowell gives us the obvious and not so obvious signs a child may need therapy.

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Drey's mother, Denise, shares the story of her son's tragic death.

Helping Hands

Children at Risk for Self-Harm or Harm to Others: Home Safety Guidelines for Families

Your child has been in the hospital because he or she is at risk of self-harm or harming others. When your child leaves the hospital, there are some things you need to do for safety at home.

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Children at Risk for Self-Harm or Harm to Others: Safety Rules While in the Hospital

Children at risk of harming themselves or others are placed on safety precautions as soon as they enter the hospital. These safety rules remain in place throughout the child’s hospital stay.

Suicide Warning Signs and How to Respond

Tip Sheet: Suicide Warning Signs and How to Respond

Learn what to look for and how to respond if a loved one is struggling with their mental health.

Your Child Has Thought About Ending Their Life, What's Next?

Tip Sheet: Your Child Has Thought About Ending Their Life – What’s Next?

If you learn your child has been thinking of suicide, you may feel shocked, numb, afraid or confused. You may think to yourself, “How can I help my child?” and “How do I keep my child safe?”

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PediaByte 227: Teen Suicide and Cyberbullying

Listen to Dr. Mike explore the relationship between teen suicide and cyberbullying.

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PediaByte 392: Teen Suicide

Dr. Mike, Dr. Daniel Cohen, Dr. Jeff Bridge and Dr. David Axelson discuss the rising rates of teen suicide. 

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PediaByte 709: Teenage Suicide

Listen to Dr. Mike discuss the importance of talking to your kids about suicide.