NJCMO Newsletter

As the rates of suicide continue to increase in the United States, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of suicide in youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-24. Each year, nearly 5,000 young people die by suicide. And while there is no single solution to the problem, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of suicide among young people.

Youth suicide prevention services typically focus on four key areas:

  • Educating young people about suicide risks and warning signs
  • Training adults who work with young people in how to identify and respond to suicidal behavior
  • Increasing access to mental health services for young people
  • Developing community support systems to reduce social isolation and promote connectedness.

Studies have shown that these types of prevention programs can be effective in reducing suicide rates.

Suicide Warning Signs

People who are considering suicide often show one or more of the following warning signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die or hurt oneself
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
  • Withdrawing from friends and activities
  • Abnormal mood swings
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Expressing feelings of unbearable pain

If you see any of these warning signs in a young person, it’s important to take them seriously and get help right away. There are many ways to get help, and the sooner you reach out, the better.

How to prevent suicide in young people

There are many things that can be done to prevent suicide in young people. Some of the most important things you can do include:

– Educating yourself and others about the warning signs of suicide

– Talking openly with young people about suicide and mental health

– Encouraging young people to seek help if they are struggling

– Ensuring that young people have access to mental health services

– Building connectedness and community support

-Ensure that young people with emotional disorders have access to mental health services

If you are worried about a young person in your life, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available to help you.  

What Role Can a Care Management Organization Play in Preventing Youth Suicides?

Care management organizations (CMOs) can play a vital role in preventing youth suicides by providing access to mental health services and supporting families. CMOs can also provide educational resources on suicide prevention and help connect families to community support systems.

How can I get help if I’m feeling suicidal?

If you are feeling suicidal, there are many resources available to help you. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 9-8-8 or 1-800-273-8255.  You can also text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741. 

You can also speak to a mental health professional or go to your local emergency room. 

Additionally, there are many suicide prevention hotlines available in different countries. You can find a list of international suicide prevention hotlines here. Finally, you can reach out to a friend or family member for support.


What is the suicide hotline number?

The suicide hotline number for youth is 1-866-331-9474. This hotline is confidential, free, and available 24/7. If you or someone you know is in need of immediate assistance, please call this number. You are not alone.

When to call suicide prevention hotline?

If your child is at risk of harming themselves, please call the suicide prevention hotline. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in crisis, as well as their loved ones. The lifeline is available 24/7 across the United States.

The following are warning signs that your child may be suicidal:
-talking about wanting to die or hurt themselves
-talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or helpless
– withdrawing from friends and activities
– mood swings, especially sudden anger or sadness
– changes in eating or sleeping habits
– abnormal behavior, such as dramatically increasing or decreasing alcohol or drug use, or talking about suicide or murder.

When is national suicide prevention month?

National Suicide Prevention Month is in September. It’s a time to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention, and to promote resources and support for people who are suicidal or affected by suicide.

Is suicide preventable?

In youth, suicide is highly preventable. A vast majority of suicides are caused by untreated mental disorders, most often depression. If people with mental disorders get help, they can usually be saved. Suicide is not a normal response to stress. It is not a selfish act. It is the result of a treatable illness.”

Mental health problems are real illnesses that should be taken seriously just like any other medical problem. Too often, people dismiss mental health problems as not being real or serious. This dismissal only adds to the stigma that surrounds mental health problems and makes it even harder for people who are suffering to seek and get help.

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