Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people from the ages of 10-24. Powhatan County Public Schools has adopted suicide prevention guidelines which are included as part of our Crisis Management Plan.
The American Psychiatric Association recommends that parents seek professional help if their child experiences serious mood changes in which the duration is longer than a couple of weeks. Some of the identified warnings are as follows:
Further warning signs include:
(American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1997)
Information for Parents-Talking to Your Child About Suicide
The National Suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)