Self-Poisoning Among Teens Spikes — Experts Urge Parents to Monitor Meds

Self-Poisoning Among Teens Spikes — Experts Urge Parents to Monitor Meds
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“We need to be having conversations with young people much earlier about emotional pain, specifically any thoughts of suicide. Adults need to be comfortable asking uncomfortable questions.”

John Ackerman, suicide prevention coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, points out:

“We’ve had changes in the demands that young people face both in their social worlds, in how they’re viewing themselves, and how they’re connected with other people. We know that things like hopelessness and lack of connection, and then access to lethal means and an awareness of how to end one’s life, are factors that contribute to suicidal behavior.”

Healthline, 5/1/19

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