Each year, more than 44,000 Americans die by suicide. For teens—the population I work with—suicide is the second leading cause of death. My focus, year round, is on creating the most effective and compassionate treatment program to prevent troubled teens from engaging in self-harming behaviors and to help them find meaning, purpose, and pleasure in life again.
This week, during National Suicide Prevention Week, I hope all of us around the country are focusing on this issue and what we can do about it.
For most of us, the best place to start is close to home. If you have friends, family members, or other loved ones you’re worried about, there are ways to recognize whether they are at risk for self-harm and/or considering a suicide attempt. Here are some of the warning signs: