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

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.

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