Peer Suicide Raises Risk in Other Teens

Analysis of data from a national longitudinal survey found exposure to a peer's suicide increases both thoughts of suicide and attempts. About 15% of 12-17 year olds exposed to a classmates suicide experience ideation compared to 3.5% (younger) to 7.4% (older). Exposure to suicide also increased the number of suicide attempts several fold compared to teens with no exposure.

PositiveTip: Counseling interventions are important in supporting teens exposed to suicide.