Sadie Penn has dealt with anxiety and depressive thoughts for as long as she can remember. By grade school, the now 20-year-old got to a point where she could no longer manage her anxiety and began self-harming. "It honestly was just the sensation of anxiety felt so painful and overwhelming and that I couldn't handle it, and so if I was hurting myself I couldn't think about anything else," she told CBS News.Penn survived several suicide attempts, first at 16 and again in January 2018, while she was in her freshman year at West Chester University, in Pennsylvania. She dropped out for the remainder of the semester and returned to school closer to her childhood home. She is now pursuing a degree in psychology and is an outspoken advocate for teens and young people thinking of harming themselves.The rise in youth depression, anxiety, and suicideNew research finds Penn is far from alone in her struggles. The number of children and teens who have been brought to the emergency … [Read more...] about ER visits for suicidal thoughts, attempts doubled among youth in recent years, study finds
How normal are suicidal thoughts
THE CONTINUAL EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT EASY FOR TEENAGERS to access new information and communicate with friends and family. Even though having the world at their fingertips offers knowledge and connects teens to people with similar interests, teenagers who spend an excessive amount of time surfing the web and perusing social media sites put themselves at risk for depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and privacy invasions. Sensitive information meant for a select audience can rapidly spread to the masses, and it’s nearly impossible to remove it from cyberspace.Unfortunately, there is only so much even the most proactive parent can do. Private accounts prevent parents from knowing with whom their kids are hanging around and what they’re discussing. The popularity of one social network quickly shifts to another, leaving not-so-tech-savvy parents stumped. Another problem is that teens don’t have to abide by house rules if they’re using social … [Read more...] about How technology use affects teens’ mental health — and how schools are trying to help
The suicide of someone famous, like a Kate Spade or an Anthony Bourdain, ignites a hunt for clues in news media and in private conversations. Some can’t believe their celebrity heroes took their seemingly perfect lives. In the dash for answers to the difficult question of why a Spade or Bourdain died, news articles and social media posts frequently reference the national suicide hotline number: 1-800-273-8255.Suicide baffles people. And it is clear, at least to the local hotline volunteers who spoke with the Observer, that many callers have no idea how to think about suicide. After high-profile deaths, many people call the hotlines to check whether they are vulnerable, asking questions such as “What are the signs of suicide?" and "How do I know if I am at risk?” Answering those questions is a departure for hotline workers, whose primary job is to help people in crisis.“Intervention is here and now and today,” says Jenyce Gush, the director of volunteer … [Read more...] about What Do Suicide Prevention Hotlines Look for in Call Center Volunteers?
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June 22, 2018 by Dr. Charles Crutchfield III MD Leave a Comment Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Messenger Reddit Email A life ended far too soon as a result of personal despair is a reality that is happening more and more in the United States. In fact, suicide rates are up a shocking 25 percent since 1999. Suicide is the 10th-highest cause of death in America, and the second-highest cause of death for people ages 15-34. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, over 12 million people contemplate suicide in the U.S. every year. Of those, two million people call the national suicide hotline for help. Forty thousand people die of suicide in the U.S. every year. That’s more than 100 people every day, and many of these are veterans. In fact, more people die from suicide every year than in automobile accidents. While it is a tragic and complicated issue, suicide is preventable. Can you imagine how many lives would be saved if we put as much time, energy, … [Read more...] about Suicide: a tragic and preventable reality on the rise