Since the late s, the mental health of teens and young adults in the U. In —the latest year for which federal data are available—more than one in eight Americans ages 12 to 25 experienced a major depressive episode, the study found. Among young people, rates of suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts all increased significantly, and in some cases more than doubled, between and , the study found. These findings were based on data collected from more than , people by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual nationwide mental-health survey conducted by a branch of the U.
Teenage suicide is a huge and challenging problem. It is the third leading cause of preventable death in the world and seems to be a new way to die in the 21st Century. If the mental scars on a person were physical, would you hold back your words? Your thoughts? Or even your views? Pressure is put on young people to look their best, get good grades, be a good example. Those are just a few of the many pressures teenagers are expected to overcome.
Suicides among young people continue to be a serious problem. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults age 5-toyear-olds. The majority of children and adolescents who attempt suicide have a significant mental health disorder, usually depression.
Zupanick, Psy. Parents are charged with the significant challenge of providing their youth opportunities to practice developing their problem-solving skills and allowing them to learn from their mistakes; while still keeping them safe and correcting them before they can make a serious or deadly mistake. This article provided parents with guidance and suggestions for helping teens and older adolescents make wise decisions in the areas of nutrition , sleep , clothing , housing , hygiene , exercise , medical care , and safety.