Too many young people are living in such despair that suicide feels like their best option. I'm sure you are as alarmed as I am over the rising number of children who have considered suicide.
In REACH courses, primary care practitioners learn how to screen for suicidal thoughts and when to send patients to the emergency room.
You, too, can help prevent suicide! If a young person -- or adult, for that matter -- seems unusually "down":
- Ask how they feel. Asking if a person has considered suicide does not increase the chances of an attempt.
- Listen, without judgment or overreaction.
- Get help. Call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline, consult a medical professional, or go straight to the ER if danger seems imminent.