Dr Scott B. McCabe

Teens and Suicide
It seems recently teen suicide is receiving more news coverage.  Why is that?  In the past, teen suicide has been a taboo subject for fear of the ‘snowball’ effect.  But what if not talking about it,  hasn’t helped but in reality harmed our teens.  A recent study from the UK shows shocking information: One in three teens under the age of 16 have contemplated suicide.  However we don’t need to look overseas to see the crisis.  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2356647/Study-reveals-young-people-contemplated-suicide-age-16-depressed-childhood.html .  A report from Centre for Addiction and Mental Health indicates that one in ten students in grades 7 through 12 reported that they had seriously considered suicide, and about 3% reported attempting suicide. http://www.kidsmentalhealth.ca/documents/Res_Reducing_Child_and_Youth_Suicide.pdf
What can we do about this?  First, remove the stigma of mental health issues.  A person would not ignore the symptoms of epilepsy, cancer or other physical diseases.  Do not ignore the symptoms of depression.  Seek help.  There are many places to start – local hospitals, kidshelp line 1-800-668-6868 or www.kidshelphone.ca has a wealth of information on it.
Sometimes symptoms can resolve themselves but why take the risk?  Call someone, speak up and get well.  If you know someone who seems depressed, don’t ignore it.  Tell someone.  It is better to have an angry alive friend than a dead, ‘I kept your secret’ friend.
Our office can help too – 519-880-2178.  Book an appointment.  Chose to fight the stress, depression and anxiety.

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