Psychological Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death amongst young people ages 10-24, and while it can be a difficult topic to discuss, it is a serious public health problem. Boys are more likely to die from suicide, while girls are more likely to attempt. Native American and Hispanic youth have the highest rates of suicide. Other risk factors include previous suicide attempts, depression or other mental illness, family history of suicide, stressful life events, and exposure to others’ suicidal behavior. Research continues to reveal more about suicide, resulting in the development of suicide prevention programs in schools and the community, as well as support systems for those who have attempted suicide and families who have lost a loved one to it.

Helpful Websites

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Centers for Disease Control
The American Association of Suicidology
National Association of School Psychologists
For Teens

Books for Parents & Caregivers

A Parent’s Guide for Suicidal & Depressed Teens
By Kate Williams

Helping Your Child Cope with Depression & Suicidal Thoughts
By Tonia Shamoo & Philip Patros

No One Saw My Pain: Why Teens Kill Themselves
By Andrew Slaby & Lili Garfinkel

Books for Teens

The Power to Prevent Suicide: A Guide for Teens Helping Teens 
By Richard Nelson & Judith Galas

Coping with Teen Suicide
By James M. Murphy

Crisis Hotline for Thurston County Area

Serving Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties

Crisis Clinic Resource Network
24 hours / 7 days:
(360) 586-2800
1-800-627-2211 (toll free)

Youth Help Line
(360) 586-2777

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
1-800-273-TALK (8225)