Suicide Prevention: Providing Resources for Struggling Students

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among today’s youth between the ages of 10 and 24. Last year alone, Gaggle found 52,000 references to suicide or self-harm in students’ online activity. Of these, more than 6,000 were serious enough to merit immediate attention by the district. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicidal ideation is common, but should not be considered normal.  Adolescent mental health crises are on the rise, and suicidal thoughts certainly warrant professional attention. 

It can be challenging for educators and parents to know where to find help or resources for their struggling students. Tim Walker reports in NEA Today that 70% of students with a mental health disorder do not receive the treatment they need. According to the Ruderman Family Foundation, when adolescents do experience symptoms of mental illness, it can take an average of 8-10 years for them to access treatment. More than two-thirds of students—approximately 10 million individuals—aged 13 to 18 require some level of professional help for a mental health condition. 

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