According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students and the third-leading cause of death among teenagers. In the United States, more than 72,000 teens are treated in hospitals yearly because of attempted suicide. Usually suicide occurs as a result of untreated depression. Girls attempt suicide more than guys, but guys are more likely to actually go through with it. If you are thinking about suicide – seek help immediately. Suicide is a “permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
What are the warning signs of suicide?
Giving away possessions
Saying goodbye like it is permanent
Lack of personal hygiene and not keeping up with physical appearance
Suicide threats – even joking about it
Comments such as “I’d be better off dead,” “There’s no point in living,” “Soon you will not have to worry about me,” or “If I died, people would like me more”
Obsession with death – including artwork and essays that are about death
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
GIRLS and the Letters We Write Project is here to assist young girls who have contemplated suicide or are currently contemplating suicide. For more information on how to help your child please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or contact us at 225-283-4495.