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Young people are increasingly vulnerable to suicide. Youth suicide is a public concern, and it needs to be approached with sensitivity and insight. Although suicide is an uncomfortable topic for parents and families to discuss with their children, a lack of discussion stigmatizes young people’s thoughts of death and encourages them not to talk to family and friends when they are contemplating taking their own lives. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), among other agencies, considers youth suicide a major public health concern and believes that more discussion and education need to be undertaken to provide resources and support for youth who have attempted suicide or contemplated it.
After reviewing the CDC’s “Suicide Prevention” pages and reading the National Vital Statistic Reports article “State Suicide Rates Among Adolescents and Young Adults Aged 10–24: United States, 2000–2018,” consider the questions below. Then submit your responses.
One possible answer is that these states have low population density so young people experiencing risk factors for suicide do not necessarily have the social support they need to prevent suicide.
One possible answer is that the protective measure to remove or limit access to “lethal means” is meant to address the risk factor of impulsivity. If a weapon is not readily available, then the person can’t use it to harm themselves when the thought or urge occurs to them.
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