Alison Kodjak. Suicidal thoughts are common in teenagers, and suicide is the second highest cause of death, after car crashes and other unintentional injuries. Bullying and cyberbullying are major risk factors for teen suicide. And both the bullies and their victims are at risk.
Teen suicide: How to help the survivors
Bullies And The Bullied Face Higher Teen Suicide Risk : Shots - Health News : NPR
Suicide and motor vehicle accidents account for almost sixty percent of youth deaths. This figure is not just relevant in Canada — globally, suicide is among the top three causes of death among young people aged 15 to Suicide itself is not a mental disorder, but one of the most important causes of suicide is mental illness — most often Depression, Bipolar Disorder Manic Depression , Schizophrenia, and Substance Use Disorders. The effects of youth suicide go beyond the deceased, impacting those who survive their death — their parents, friends, peers and communities. Suicide is understandably a tragic event and it elicits strong emotional responses. Suicide in young people in Canada has been decreasing for the past decade.
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Bullying, as many people know, can be a tremendously painful experience for a young person. The point has been driven home over the last decade by stories about teens like Phoebe Prince or Amanda Todd , who killed themselves after experiencing bullying. Recently, the parents of eight-year-old Gabriel Taye filed a federal lawsuit against the Cincinnati public schools, alleging that their son committed suicide because the school covered up and failed to prevent a culture of bullying.
While this data is the most accurate we have, we estimate the numbers to be higher. Stigma surrounding suicide leads to underreporting, and data collection methods critical to suicide prevention need to be improved. Learn how you can become an advocate.