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Depression and Suicide

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in people ages 10-24 years. Research shows that more than 95 percent of people who kill themselves have depression or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder, often in combination with other mental disorders.

It's important to treat depression early so the child does not experience a mental health crisis. If a child has symptoms of depression, lasting almost every day for two weeks or more, he or she needs to be evaluated.

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Risk Factors for Suicide

Signs and Symptoms of Depression

Preventive Action


Supporting a Teen in Depression Treatment

Taking Care of the Whole Family

Last Updated: 07/2014