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There are a number of peer and social stressors that can contribute to depression and suicidal behaviors. The Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides examples of these stressors to help friends and family recognize potential warning signs.
Research shows that friends are the first chosen sources of support for teenagers. Therefore, it is important that teenagers know how to recognize signs of depression and suicidal behaviors in their friends and talk to them in a helpful way, as well as know where to go for help.
Stressful life events often precede a suicide. Often the life event occurs at a time when the person is struggling, turning this life event into “the straw that breaks the camel’s back.”
A 16-year-old girl always had it all together. When new pressures started to build, she felt ashamed to ask for help.
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