Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Approaching Suicide Prevention Holistically

Over the past ten years, rates of suicide among children ages 10 to 14 have more than doubled. Though suicide prevention often focuses on bullying, data suggests that only about 9 percent of suicide cases indicate that bullying was the leading factor. Other factors in youth suicide include relationship problems, usually with family or significant others, and mental health problems, with more than half of youth suicides having multiple precipitating factors. Approaching suicide prevention holistically, by promoting positive relationships between students and teachers, and encouraging physical, social, and emotional health, will be a more effective strategy.

To read the article from Child Trends, click here.

Visit our Evidence-Based Practice Directory

KidsMentalHealthInfo.com has an evidence-based practice directory that lists mental health providers trained in popular evidence-based practices available in Connecticut for children and families with behavioral health needs. Evidence-based practices are those supported by research showing that they work for most children.