HEALTH DIGEST | Help ID teens at risk of suicide


Given the increase in teen suicides and school violence, the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board reminds residents to ask questions that help identify at-risk individuals and get them the help they need.

“The right questions, which can include, are you feeling sad or depressed, are you thinking about hurting or killing yourself, have you ever thought about hurting or killing yourself or someone else, can provide assurance that somebody cares and will give a child the chance to talk about problems,” said April Caraway, TCMHRB executive director.

“Depression, suicidal feelings and violent or disordered thinking are all treatable mental- health issues. Teenagers need to have his or her illness recognized, diagnosed and appropriately treated,” Caraway said.

Teens who attempt suicide or are violent toward others may exhibit these warning signs: family history of suicide attempts; exposure to violence; impulsivity; aggressive or disruptive behavior; access to firearms; bullying; feelings of hopelessness or helplessness; acute loss or rejection, Caraway said.

Crisis counselors are available, and free help is just a phone call away. To get help, call 211 day or night. Youth can also reach Ohio’s Crisis Text Line by texting 4HOPE to 741741.

For information about TCMHRB, visit its web site at or call 330-675-2765.

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