In addition to the Covid pandemic, America has been dealing with many other epidemics in recent decades that are arguably even more dangerous, albeit less contagious than the Covid virus.
Suicidal Ideations in Teens
Mental illness, addictions of all kinds, self-harm, and suicide are among the most prevalent. Sadly, suicide is now the second leading cause of death today among American teenagers. That is only surpassed by motor vehicle accidents. This is absolutely tragic.
Today we speak with one of our friends at Focus on the Family about the topic of suicide and how to keep this epidemic from invading your home.
Discussing the Teen Suicide Epidemic with Joannie Debrito
Joannie Debrito is part of the counseling team at Focus on the Family and draws from over 30 years of diverse experience as a parent educator, family life educator, school social worker, administrator, and licensed mental health professional. She speaks concerning how we can take an active role in suicide prevention.
Her expertise and personal experience, including counseling students and families after the Columbine tragedy, is something we hope will be an encouragement to you. We invite you to not only learn about this but to also take part in the solution.
Helping Teens Discover Hope
- What are suicidal ideations? How does this differ from a fleeting thought about suicide?
- How do suicidal thoughts manifest? What do suicidal teens think about?
- Do most people consider suicide at some point in their lives?
- Are suicidal ideations contagious?
- How can a parent recognize suicidal ideation?
- What can parents do to help their teen who is exhibiting suicidal tendencies?
- What resources are available for those struggling with suicidal ideations?
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