Category Archives: Suicidal Ideation & Self-Harm

The Association Between Anxiety and Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents

Can a Teen Anxiety Disorder Lead to Suicidal Behavior or a Suicide Attempt? The short answer: yes. That doesn’t mean a person with an anxiety disorder will attempt suicide. Nor does it mean anxiety causes suicidal behavior. In fact, data from the studies we cite below show that over 95 percent of individuals with an […]

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Surgeon General’s Advisory: Youth Mental Health in 2021

On Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, the Surgeon General issued an advisory regarding the mental health of children and teens in the U.S. Here’s the short version: Our youth are in trouble – but there are things we can do to help. The rest of this article is the long version. Why a Surgeon General’s Advisory […]

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Why Parents Miss Signs of Self-Harm in Male Adolescents

How Some Typical Male Behaviors Can Mask Mental Health Problems in Teenage Boys  When parents find out their teen engages in self-harm, known by mental health clinicians and professionals as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), their first reaction is often a mixture of confusion and disbelief. Those emotions are often followed by sadness, self-blame, and the question […]

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Teen Suicide Contagion: Is Suicide Contagious?

Suicide Contagion and Suicide Clusters in Teens: How to Talk to Your Teen When a Friend or One of their Idols Commits Suicide We’ll answer the question “Is suicide contagious?” right away. The answer: “Yes – but not in the way we typically think of the word contagious.” The contagion effect in suicide does not […]

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Risk of Escalation from Self-Harm to Suicide Attempts in Adolescents

Can Self-Harm Lead to Suicide in Teens? When we write articles about self-harm in teens, we’re careful to distinguish between the act of self-harm and the act of attempting suicide. We do this because the motivations behind the two types of behavior are often different. In fact, many experts in adolescent mental health describe the […]

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A Parent’s Guide to Self-Harm and Suicide Risk in Teens

Helping Your Teen: How to Understand Self-Harm and Suicide in Teens In 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published data showing that in 2014, suicide became the second leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the U.S. In addition, data published in 2019 showed […]

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Are Brooding, Impulsive Teens at Higher Risk for Suicidality?

The Connection Between Temperament and Suicidality There’s a reason you see an increasing number of news stories online and on TV about the suicide rate among people in the U.S. From children to adults, it’s increasing across all demographics. The suicide rate among seniors is the highest, as it has been for years. But the […]

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Are Male Adolescents Who Self-Harm at Higher Risk for Suicide?

Long-Term Study Identifies Teens at Elevated Risk of Suicide One of the first things parents of teens who engage in self-harming behaviors want to know is this: Does self-harming behavior mean my teen wants to die? The answer is complicated. Research shows that teens engage in self-harming behavior – known by mental health experts as […]

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