Preventing Suicide – Article from Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute

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Many people are reluctant to talk about suicide, fearing that being open about it will make more people — especially adolescents — see it as a viable way out of whatever distress they’re feeling. But evidence shows the opposite: Asking a child we are worried about if she has thoughts of killing herself can actually help prevent her from going through with it. 
Today is National Suicide Prevention Day, and we join many other groups in sharing information about ways we can fight the sharp increase we’re seeing in adolescent suicides. We explore warning signs that a child might be feeling suicidal, ways to lower the risk of a suicide attempt, and how to help kids cope with the suicide of a classmate, as well as their own painful feelings.
Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 
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Kratom: A Legal Drug That’s Dangerously Addictive

From the Child Mind Institute:

“Kratom is an herbal supplement that high school and college students are drinking as tea, believing it to be a natural way to boost focus and take the edge off anxiety. It requires no prescription and it’s easy to buy at head shops and online. It doesn’t show up on standard drug tests. The trouble is that as a user consumes more, kratom acts as an opioid, and it’s highly addictive.  This week on we explore kratom use among teenagers and young adults, who may start using it as a stimulant, or to ease anxiety, but end up faced with a very difficult withdrawal. “Initially it helps you with your all-nighters, and it helps you with your stress,” says Dr. Michael Milham. “But then you’re stuck.””

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