State officials reported more than 40 teen suicides in Arizona in These are not just numbers, they are deaths that are impacting neighborhoods, schools, and families. ABC15 sat down with Valley moms impacted by the loss of a child to suicide. Most of these mothers will tell you, they never saw it coming.
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As teen suicides increase across the country, experts and parents say bullying and social media have both contributed to the rise. But in many cases, people who die by suicide also had mental health issues. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents whose teenagers died by suicide spoke with CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan about the challenges their children faced and what the warning signs were. Each of them hope speaking up about their children will help prevent other teen suicides. Ian Russell believes social media is partly responsible for the death of his year-old daughter, Molly, who he described as "one of the most caring people. It normalized those behaviors.
Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her own life. It can be impulsive or planned. However, not all suicide attempts lead to death. It could be his or her way of calling for help.
For immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Every year, 1 million adults report making a suicide attempt, according to the U. Though suicide often seems mysterious and unpreventable, it can be stopped , experts say. Talking openly about people's suicidal thoughts and keeping them away from lethal means such as firearms can save lives. Improving diagnosis of mental health conditions can help, too.