(Neb)-Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
LINCOLN - Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and the Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services Division of Behavioral Health is teaming up with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to spotlight suicide prevention in youth.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness says suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd-leading cause of death among those 10-24 while data from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention puts suicide as the leading cause of death for 10- to 14-year-olds in Nebraska and the 2nd-leading cause for 15- to 24-year-olds .
Behavioral Health Division Director Sheri Dawson says it's important to remember that behavioral health is essential to health, so parents and others need to learn to recognize warning signs that a child may be considering suicide.
Dawson says parents in particular need to take time talk with their child because everything begins with a conversation. She encourages them to try to determine if their child sees suicide as the way to escape emotional or physical pain and suffering, and to make sure the child knows there is no problem that they won't help them deal with and work through.
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