Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

​​​​​​​​Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds. In 2013, there were 1748 suicides among people 15 to 19 years old. The true number of deaths from suicide actually may be higher, because some of these deaths may have been recorded as “accidental”.​

​Policy & Publications

​For Families

Patient Education Your Child's Mental Health brochure. Provides parents with clear guidance on evaluating changes of behavior in their child and gives advice on when to seek help.

Provide Tips to Promote Social-Emotional Health: These sheets provide tips and resources for parents, early education and child care providers, and pediatricians to promote social-emotional health.​

Connected Kids: Teen Suicide and Guns This brochure highlights the risks of having a gun in the home. Adolescent suicide rates have been increasing in the United States, and research demonstrates a link between handguns in the home and completed teen suicide. 

Teen Suicide Statistics,

Help Stop Teen Suicide,​​

 Related AAP Resources

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed Strategies for System Change in Children’s Mental Health: A Chapter Action Kit to assist AAP chapters in addressing and improving children’s mental health in primary care in their state.