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Teen Suicide: Getting Help and Finding Hope
Season 7 | Episode 701 | Length: 27 minutes
This episode explores the complex role the Internet, particularly social media, plays in self-harming and suicide-related behavior; and experts provide advice for families to navigate these alarming trends.
Patrick and Jackie Kimmel
Patrick and Jackie are board members for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Katelyn lost her father to suicide in 2004, and has been volunteering with the Western PA Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for over 12 years. She is currently serving as the chapter's chair.
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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Find support if you, or someone who you know, is affected by suicide or suicidal thoughts.
- About suicide – warning signs, statistics, and treatment.
- National Fact Sheet
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – More Than Sad
- AFSP More Than Sad videos
- Campus Toolkit - Seize the Awkward
- Social Media Assets – Seize the Awkward
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Vital Signs: Suicide rising across the US
- CDC Violence Prevention- Fast Facts – Suicide ideation
- CDC Preventing Suicide PDF Fact Sheet
- Additional resources-Suicide / Violence Prevention
Centers for Disease Control – LGBTQ Resource - Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12
NCBI – LGBTQ – Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in white and Latino lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults.
JAMA Pediatrics – Sexual Minority Youth at Increased Risk for Suicide Attempt, With Transgender Youth at Highest Risk
JAMA Pediatrics – Association of Screen Time and Depression in Adolescence
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Suicide Prevention – Youth.gov
American Psychological Association: Talking to Teens: Suicide Prevention
WebMD – Youth Suicide Rate Reaches 20-Year High
PBS News Hour – Suicide among teens and young adults reaches highest level since 2000
Family Acceptance Project – LGBTQ resource
The Trevor Project - LGBTQ resource and crisis intervention– for LGBTQ youth at risk for suicide
Public Source: Why are young people taking their own lives?
National Institutes of Health (NIH) News in Health – Teen Suicide: Understanding the Risk and Getting Help
We Are Teachers – What Teachers Need to Know About the Rise in Teen Suicide
National Center for Biotechnology Information – Social Media and Suicide: A Public Health Perspective
American Psychological Association – Age, Period, and Cohort Trends in Mood Disorder Indicators and Suicide-Related Outcomes in a Nationally Representative Dataset