Depression and Suicide Figure 8.6: who is at risk? 60-70% of depressed youth report suicidal ideation, but only 25% to 34% actually attempt rates have quadrupled, peaks at age 13-14, decline after 18 females have more ideation and attempts males use more lethal means gay and lesbian teens at higher risk
What do we want to know about suicidal behavior?
What to tell parents Ask your teen-ager about it. Don't be afraid to say the word "suicide." Getting the word out in the open may help your teen-ager think someone has heard his or her cries for help. Reassure him that you love him or her. Remind him that no matter how awful his problems seem, they can be worked out, and you are willing to help. Ask her to talk about her feelings. Listen carefully. Do not dismiss her problems or get angry at her. Remove all lethal weapons from your home, including guns, pills, kitchen utensils and ropes. Seek professional help. Ask your teen-ager's doctor to guide you. A variety of outpatient and hospital-based treatment programs are available.
Interview videotape of someone suicidal Note how questions are asked spanning different aspects of ideation Assesment, intervention, and plan