Prevention Resources - Youth Suicide

Prevention Resources – Youth Suicide

General Information

Little Lake City School District recognizes that suicide is a major cause of death among school-aged youth.

The following resources regarding suicide awareness and prevention provide information for students, families, and school/district employees.
There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors and health issues converge to create an experience of hopelessness and despair. Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety and substance problems, especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide. Yet it’s important to note that most people who actively manage their mental health conditions go on to engage in a healthy life.

Tips For Parents and Caregivers

  • Talk to your child about suicide. Remain calm and establish a safe space. Be honest and supportive, and reassure your child that you care.
  • Listen to your child’s thoughts and feelings without judgement. Take your child’s concerns seriously and try not to minimize his or her problems. Try to be compassionate and understanding. 
  • Remove access to firearms, weapons, and other potentially lethal means. Keep them locked and secured in an area where children cannot get them. 
  • Help your child identify and connect to caring adults to turn to when (s)he needs guidance and support. Remind your child that it is okay to ask for help.
  • Know the risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide, such as the ones listed below.

Risk Factors and Warning Signs

There are many complex risk factors that contribute to suicidal behavior. In isolation the risk factors and warning signs listed below are not signs of suicidal thinking.

If your child shows some or many of the behaviors below (especially the high risk signs in bold), it is important to be vigilant for warning signs of suicide. If you have concerns for the safety of your child please seek professional help from your child’s school or a local mental health agency.

*Four out of five youth say something, do something, write or draw something that comes to the attention of an adult or peer.

Prevention and Protective Factors

One caring adult in the life of a child is the greatest protective factor there is!