Here’s one step you can take to prevent teen suicide

Sep 10, 2019, 4:15 AM | Updated: 6:04 am

When it comes to teen suicide, we all have the power to save lives.

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, KTAR News 92.3 FM is sharing ways anyone can help prevent the second-leading cause of deaths for teenagers.

One way to do this is by keeping guns and ammunition locked up safely.

Teenagers can be impulsive and feel like the only solution to problems is to end their lives, according to a video from the #BeThere campaign.

That’s why adults responsibly keeping guns off limits can save lives.

And, if someone is known to be at risk of suicide, it’s important to remove all lethal means from a home.

A spokeswoman for Teen Lifeline told KTAR News earlier this year that parents should store ammunition separately from guns, change combination locks often, use codes that their kids can’t easily guess and frequently move any keys to safes to new locations.

Other steps recommended by the campaign include:

  • Share the National Suicide Prevent Hotline phone number, 1-800-273-TALK.
  • Talk frankly about mental health.
  • Work with children to create a safety plan for their difficult moments.
  • Spend less time on devices and reconnect with friends and family.
  • Ask direct questions if you think someone is suicidal.

KTAR News 92.3 FM and 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station have joined the #BeThere campaign to prevent suicide. Learn more here.

Editor’s note: If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call Teen Lifeline at 800-248-8336 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at 800-273-8255. 

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