Suicide Rates Doubled in Children

Suicide has always been such a taboo topic.

But when you see reports like this, there’s no way to not talk about it.

In a study released this week, researchers say rates of attempted suicide and suicidal thoughts rose in all age groups, and it includes children, too.

Jama Pediatrics reports between 2007 and 2015, rates of children hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or attempts doubled.

Mental health professionals agree that there are a number of reasons for this happening, including pressure to be popular, the number of friends you have online and an increase in cyber-bullying.

And children are watching how adults feel pressure, stress, and anxiety. It affects them too.

Psychologists recommend limiting your kids’ social media use and building in quality family time.

And there are simply not enough times that we can say this.

No matter who you are, you are never alone.

You are so important to the people who love you.

There is always, always help available to you.

The national suicide prevention line is 1-800-273-8255. It’s free and confidential support any time you need it.

And you can also be a part of the solution.

Counselors at locally operated crisis centers across the country need your help.

You can learn more about that by visiting suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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