Teen suicide risk factors, warning signs


Suicide is one of the main causes of death for teenagers; its the third leading cause.

Director of Youth Suicide Prevention David Harris talked with us about warning signs, risk factors and how to prevent it. 

Wednesday’s suicide at the Stillwater Jr. High School is focusing new attention on the risks and causes of suicide including bullying.

A study from the University of Michigan found that while nearly all parents agree schools need to do something about bullying, they’re not all on the same page about what constitutes “bullying.”

The study finds 95 percent of adults said the school should intervene when students feel threatened or afraid for their safety.

Also, 81 percent said schools should intervene when someone humiliates or embarrasses another student and 76 percent call for intervention when someone spreads rumors.

But only 56 percent said isolating a student socially should prompt school intervention.

However, University of Michigan experts said social isolation is a key risk factor for teen suicide. 

Get more info on the risk factors and prevention here.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is open 24 hours a day.