CSPR Blog Posts

Teen Mental Health Issues and the "Not My Kid" Phenomenon

Ryan is 16 years old and a junior in high school. He is on the football team, he’s popular, and maintains good grades. His family is proud of him and they attend his games and award ceremonies.

13 Reasons Why: Should Parents Be Concerned About This Netflix Series?

The mini-series 13 Reasons Why (13RW), adapted from a young adult novel, was released on Netflix this past week. 13RW relays the fictional story of a high schooler, Hannah Baker, who has died by suicide before the story even begins.

Kids and Self-Injury: What Parents Need to Know

What is self-injury? Self-injury is the act of physically hurting oneself without the intent to die. It is a sign of emotional distress and indicates a person has a lack of healthy coping skills.

Facebook’s Latest Safety Initiative Helps Prevent Suicide

How would you react if someone you knew posted on Facebook and said they weren’t sure if life was still worth living? Would you know what to do if a friend’s status suggested they were feeling suicidal? Facebook has been collaborating with suicide prevention organizations for more than

Myths About Suicide: Depression is a Sign of Weakness

This is part one of a three-part series on myths surrounding suicide. “If you were stronger you would get over this.” “No one wants to hear you crying all the time and talking about how awful your life is.

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.

Talking to Your Kids About Depression and Suicide

As a parent, you want the best for your children. You work every day to protect them from harm. Sometimes that work means you have to have some difficult, often uncomfortable conversations – including ones about suicide.

How to Deal With Adolescent Depression

The suicide of Robin Williams is a tragic reminder that depression and other mood disorders can be fatal illnesses. Depression, particularly in combination with alcohol or drug abuse, is a prime risk factor for completed suicide.