Teenage Suicide Prevention Campaign
It is estimated that two young people take their own lives every day in the UK and that about 24,000 attempted suicides relate to children and young people aged 10 – 19 each year.
The reasons why young people feel suicidal are often complex, however traumatic experiences at a young age – like bereavement, bullying, school pressures and concerns or abuse – can have a huge impact on mental health.
Difficult relationships amongst family and friends is also a major reason for young teenagers opting to end their lives at such a young age. Whatever the reason, the fact that the young are even contemplating suicide is truly heart breaking.
We are also pushing awareness campaigns and education about mental health and illnesses. Social inclusion and cohesion are highlighted to reduce stigmas and discrimination in our campaigns.
We also support young people by providing better access to social care services and social support
It is imperative to understand the risk factors for suicide amongst the young to then look for solutions for prevention.
Research has suggested that events such as bereavement, a history of abuse, self-harm, social media, mental ill health and experiencing academic pressures are common risk factors in young people who take their lives.
The majority of young people who experience these issues will not contemplate the thought of suicide. However, to prevent future suicides it is equally important to better identify risk factors and identify what may be influencing the increase.
As with most issues, early intervention is paramount to suicide prevention, particularly more so amongst young people.
One Love Worldwide is thriving to work with key stakeholders on early intervention projects. intervention could save lives through early identification and support.
We are also reaching out to offer the right mental health support through psychoeducation, skills training and supporting young people to monitor health.
Preventative measures are often seen as life changing initiatives to stop people from adopting negative thought processes. This is why we put an emphasis on increasing emotional resilience and reducing vulnerability to mental health problems through the development of personal skills, self-esteem, coping strategies and problem-solving skills.