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Statistics show that suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds after accidents and homicides. Suicides among teens often happen due to stressful situations, problems at school or relationship issues. Many of these situations are followed by some sort of warning sign such as isolating themselves from family and friends, loss of interest of things they normally enjoy doing or giving hints they may not want to be around anymore. A common problem is that adults ignore these signs in result of thinking of it as attention seeking behavior. My advice for parents is talk to your children, help them understand bad days are normal and life will get better. I also advise you to reach out to your friends, family members, and neighbors; let them know they are not alone.

If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, please reach out for help by calling or texting the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357. All calls are confidential and can be anonymous.

Abby Nordstrom

Shoshone

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