Youth Suicide: What you need to know
Suicide is defined as intentional, self-inflicted death. Experts in the field suggest that a person considering suicide is likely feeling so much pain and hopelessness that they can see no other option, other than death. They may even view suicide as the solution to a problem. Suicidal ideas and actions may be related to a mental health problem (like depression, anxiety, substance abuse). If identified, and support and treatment are provided, the mental health problem can often be resolved. Most people who think of suicide do not want to die; they are in desperate need of support and help.
Suicides are also rarely the result of one single event. There are usually many contributing factors and events that have occurred or developed over a period of time, with one “trigger” event leading to thoughts or acts of suicide.