Youth suicide is a challenging issue to address. As such, there are some unique considerations to keep in mind as you plan your community’s approach. This section will explore each of these considerations in more detail:
- Addressing youth suicide requires effectively addressing underlying mental health issues.
- Certain risk and protective factors make some youth more vulnerable to suicidal behaviour, while other factors serve a protective role.
- Youth suicide is the result of a complex interplay of personal, historical and contextual factors.
- Youth often experience stigma for the mental health issues they face.
- Bullying and cyberbullying can increase the risk of suicidal ideation and behaviours in youth.
- Youth suicide prevention work is not an easy task so it’s important that you take care of your own needs.