Teen Suicide isn’t Just an Individual Problem

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education

At this time of year, as our children deal with their first tests at school and all the optimism they held over the summer fades, there can be a crushing feeling of defeat. For far too many young people, suicidal thoughts and gestures are a shadowy presence that hovers over them daily. While we tend to think of suicide as a sign of mental illness, in fact there is a surprising amount of research that shows that young people suicide because of social factors that their parents, teachers, neighbors and government leaders control. Suicide is fundamentally about shame, and our need to escape the very embodied pain we feel when we feel disconnected and inadequate.
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