Children First: Suicide

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Suicide is the third leading cause of death among children and adolescents, following accidents and homicide. In fact studies show that more than five thousand youth die each year by suicide.

Psychologists say that suicide is a threat among children experiencing feelings of hopelessness. Dr. John Sively of Lifeskills says children often have a hard time expressing emotions they may be feeling. In turn they will act out those negative feelings with suicide.

Some signs parents and teachers can look for among children include suicide notes, threats, depression and hopelessness, self-inflicted wounds, or sudden changes in personality.

Sively says if you should suspect a child is at risk it's important to find them help. Children need to be able to talk with someone and eventually find hope.