Talking About Top Reasons Why & Teen Suicide: Tips for Parents
Suicide rates are rising worldwide. And up to 50 percent of young adults and adolescents with bipolar disorder attempt suicide at some point. That’s scary, especially for parents with troubled teens. But what’s really happening with these kids? What’s bothering them? Fortunately, teen suicide is preventable. We developed this resource to support parents with teens demonstrating suicidal thinking or behavior.
Why Are Teen Suicides Increasing?
It’s not always easy to understand what causes suicide in teens and children. But there are a few teen suicide risk factors parents should be aware of. Let’s look at some of these factors.
- Academic Pressure and Bullying
Suicides are known to happen before and after the school term. Why? Maybe it’s because these learners feel they can’t take the academic pressure anymore. So, they attempt to end it all. Or perhaps someone in school bullies them. And they’re feeling helpless and hopeless about the whole situation. Always talk to your child to know if anything from school bothers them.
- Maybe They’re Depressed or Have Bipolar Disorder
Experts have associated depression with suicide in people of all ages. They’ve also linked bipolar disorder to suicide, especially in young people. So, if your loved one is depressed or is bipolar, they need help.
- Netflix May Not be as Harmless as it Seems
There’s nothing wrong with Netflix. However, a 2017 study returned intriguing findings surrounding Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.” The study revealed that there a sharp rise in teenage suicide rates in the month Netflix released the series.
- Is Excessive Use of Social Media Dangerous?
Social media is another area that’s also attracted a bit of attention regarding escalating suicide rates. One study actually associated social media with increased anxiety in young adults. Troubled young people tend to spend tons of their time on social media. They’re there for solace, but few ever find it.
However, the study didn’t confirm a direct association between the consumption of social media and increasing suicide rates.
But it’s important to keep your eyes peeled for any signs that your child is deeply troubled.
So, how do you know your young loved one has serious issues bothering them? We answer that question in the next section.
How Do You Know if a Teenager is in trouble?
One fact you must grasp is that teens live in a different world. They see things differently than everyone else.
As qualified psychiatrists, we’ve noted that teens typically hold absolutist views. For them, life has very few gray areas. In their world, things are either black or white. Now, that rigid world view isn’t helpful at all. It makes them feel that the problem they’re battling is insurmountable. They may feel like they’ll never find a solution to the issue.
By contrast, adults live in a more realistic world. They understand that things won’t always work as they’d hoped. They know that life’s comprised of both good and bad outcomes.
So, watch your teenager. Are they functioning “normally?” Do they behave like you’d expect the typical teen to? A child with no issues would attend school without issues. In addition, they’d have no problem relating to their teachers and classmates.
Also, a normally functioning young person generally has a stable social life. They’re ok socializing and making friends.
Finally, you’d expect them to be fully “present” in family life. A happy, well-balanced teen appears to be at ease during mealtime. Plus, they sleep well. Generally, living through a typical day doesn’t feel like a herculean task for them.
Other Signs to Watch Out for
If your child avoids contact with others in school, home, and other places, they likely need help. If they sulk the whole time or are irritable, they probably need a bit of support.
Another sign to keep your eyes peeled for is extreme sadness. If it seems like they’re sad all of the time, that’s a sure sign of much deeper issues. Additionally, if volatile mood swings seem to drive their life, you should start to worry.
Apart from that, a troubled teen tends to be perennially quarrelsome. They’re always squabbling with family and friends. Also, if they’re doing drugs or have started drinking alcohol excessively, they obviously need a bit of parental guidance.
Additionally, suddenly becoming unreasonably generous could signal something. Why do they really want to give away their pet? Why have they decided to let their friends have all their stuff? If you think about it, you’ll see that this behavior isn’t normal. That sure looks like they’re prepping for a journey. And they want to travel light!
All these signs are coded messages telling you that your loved one is deeply troubled. But knowing that isn’t very helpful. You must take action. You must start guiding your loved one toward a permanent solution for their issue.
How to Help Your Teenager
Be involved in their life. Ignoring them or just letting them be may not be the best parenting approach. Know what’s bothering them. Talk to them. And don’t be afraid to shoot direct questions. Ask them whether they’ve ever thought of hurting or even killing themselves. Enquire about the frequency of those thoughts.
But don’t stop there. Ask if they have a particular plan in mind. That likely sounds like a really weird question. But it’s one you really should ask. If your child has ever thought of taking their life, take steps to help them. And if they’ve actually decided on a specific plan for doing it, act speedily. They’re clearly depressed. They need help urgently. So, stop reading now. Contact us. We want to see that teen now. We want to help them.
Let’s Talk to Your Teen Now
Teen suicide rates are escalating everywhere. You’ll want to keep engaging with them to understand if any issues need your attention. But you may not always be the best person to help them. Sometimes, it’s best to connect them with a teen mental health specialist.
Would you like us to help your teen? Our mental health experts are highly trained, friendly, and tactical. They boast years of experience, and they concentrate on mental illness. Your loved one needs a specialist, not a generalist. Schedule an appointment now.