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According to the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 10 to 24. Along with this, in a survey of teens in grades 9 to 12, 16 percent reported “seriously considering suicide.” That’s four out of every 25 teens that you know.

Out of the number of teens that commit suicide, 90 percent of them suffer from a mental health issue. This emphasizes the need to be aware of the danger of suicidal ideation and how to identify if your teen is at risk.

What exactly is suicidal ideation?

Suicidal ideation can vary from being a fleeting thought of suicide to obsession and eventual intent to commit suicide. This is usually associated with mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety. However, studies show that life changing events and other stressful factors can also contribute to suicidal ideation.

Some are more at risk than others

The teen years are already an emotional, physical and social roller coaster, but there are certain aspects that make a teen more susceptible to suicidal thoughts than others. These can vary from having a recent loss in the family to having a mental illness. A few things that increase the risk of suicidal ideation include: anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, lost a friend/family member recently, family history of suicide, trauma or a recent life changing experience (i.e. moving).

Catching the signs

No one is immune to suicidal thoughts. Of course some are more at risk to turn to suicidal ideation than others, but it can happen to anyone; your child is not exempted. This is why it’s important to recognize the signs that your teen is struggling with suicidal ideation.

A few signs that your teen might be battling suicidal thoughts include: 

  • Issues focusing/thinking clearly
  • Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Reckless behavior
  • Substance abuse
  • Uncontrolled emotions
  • Varied eating/sleeping patterns
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, school, etc.

Getting help for your teen

If you think your teen might be struggling with suicidal ideation, seek help immediately. Many programs, therapies and treatments exist in order to help your child. Traditional therapeutic methods are not always a large enough intervention, though. That’s where Solstice East can help.

Solstice East is a residential treatment center for struggling teen girls, ages 14 to 18. We help girls with issues such as depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, and many more. We’re here to help your family repair and reconnect.

For more information about how Solstice can help your family, contact us today at 828-484-9946.