Suicide in children and teens: Overview

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Suicide can result from many factors. Find out about the leading causes.

Key points

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and young adults aged 15 to 24.
  • Children and teens who have attempted suicide at least once before are at greater risk for completing a suicide attempt.
  • A number of stressful events may lead to a child or teen feeling trapped and thinking that suicide is the only way out.
  • Certain mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety may also contribute to suicidal thoughts and behaviour.
  • Talk to your child or teen about stressful events in their life, and show that you are there to support them.
Last updated: February 11th 2016