Teen suicide prevention resources

Mourners at a vigil for Braylee Rice, a 14-year-old student at McCulloch Jr. High School in Marion who took her own life Monday, May 6, 2013.
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One of the more difficult challenges of parenting is realizing that you don't always know what your children are thinking and feeling. You may be aware that suicide is the third leading cause of death in adolescence but you can't imagine your child might become one of those statistics. When do the normal ups and downs of adolescence become something to worry about? How can you know if suicide is a risk for your family? And if you are worried about it, what can you do?

From Teen Suicide Prevention:

Memorials After a Suicide (pdf)

Not My Kid: What Every Parent Should Know Video

After an Attempt (431k PDF)

Preparing Your Child to Attend the Funeral of a Friend (83k PDF)

Coping with Cyberbullying – The Use of Technology to Terrify By Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP

A First-Person Message for Parents

Talking to Your Kids About Suicide (56k PDF)

For teens:

When a Friend is Talking About Suicide

A Message for Teens