According to the CDC, suicide is one of the leading cause of death in the United States. It claims more lives than automobile accidents or opioids and yet in some cases the numbers of suicides are under-reported as families want to hide the reasoning behind the death of a loved one. This secrecy exposes the stigma. The silence perpetuates the problem.
Teen suicide is alarmingly common. It is the third leading cause of death for people age 15 to 24 (following accidents and homicide). Studies show that 4 out of 5 teen suicide attempts have been preceded by clear warning signs. Parents and teens should be aware of some of the warning signs of depression and suicide.
September 8 through 14 is "National Suicide Prevention Week." Are you aware of the warning signs of suicide? According to the latest available data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009, suicide was the tenth-leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 36,909 deaths.