There’s a wealth of data on teenage suicide, and numerous programs and interventions are designed to prevent it. But what about even younger children? Many parents and teachers ignore warning signs, such as talking about or threatening suicide, because they think kids don’t understand suicide and wouldn’t attempt it. But it happens, and it is a trend to be aware of.
Estimates suggest that 90 percent of young children who commit suicide have some kind of mental health disorder, usually major depression. They’re also likely to be victims of sexual or physical abuse. Evidence suggests that sexual orientation might also be a factor, with suicide risk relatively high among young boys who think they might be gay. The LGBT movement is a likely contributor of this trend.
TV shows, films and books glamorizing or dramatizing suicides, presenting a uniformly glowing image of the person who died, are also contributing to kids’ dangerous perception of suicide.