Youth suicide attempts have doubled in the last decade, and in a new national study, suicidal thoughts, attempts and even deaths were reported in children as young as 5.
This brings to light a distressing trend of increasing suicidal behavior among American children.
An analysis of United States emergency room data from 2007 to 2015 found that annual visits for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts among children ages 5 to 18 nearly doubled – from 580,000 to 1.12 million.
And a significant portion of children who were taken to the emergency department were young: Approximately 43% of visits for suicidal thoughts or attempts were among children between the ages of 5 and 11.
Parents, educators and youth themselves need help recognizing early signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, along with learning more about the risk factors and warning signs of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
They need more tools to help them address those who are struggling, and they need to know more about how to connect children to community resources and ongoing care.
Learn all of this and more in the half-day safeTALK training now being offered in the Shasta College Health Sciences Building in downtown Redding.
BECAUSE NEXT WEEK IS SPRING BREAK FOR A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS AND MANY YOUTH WHO ARE SUFFERING WILL TURN TO A FRIEND RATHER THAN AN ADULT, THIS TRAINING INCLUDES A SPECIAL OFFER FOR ANY SHASTA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE STUDENT TO ENROLL AND GET CERTIFIED FOR FREE.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Choose a session:
Morning 8:00 – 11:30 or
Afternoon 12:30 – 4:00
Health Sciences Building, RM 8220