Doctors at Vanderbilt University looked at trends in young people thinking about or attempting suicide in more than 115,000 cases over the past decade – and found a dramatic increase. Suicide remains the third-leading cause of death among adolescents. These are scary number for parents. The big question is why? Doctors say school is playing a central role. Others theorize social media has an impact. But ultimately, experts say we can't pinpoint one specific reason why this is happening.
So what can you do? Start by looking for signs of depression in your kids such as:
- Less joy or interest in usual activiites
- Sleep or eating issues
If you notice these signs, seek professional help. And the biggest takeaway? Talk about mental health and depression with your kids.