Ways to Help Girls Who Are Poisoning Themselves at Disturbing Rates

There is no convenient way to put forward alarming news. In the last ten years, there has been a significant increase in the number of teens who are making an attempt to kill themselves with poison. A study has found out that the rate of attempts with regard to poisoning has become more than double among boys and girls. Moreover, girls account for most of this rising trend. Further, poisoning attempts made girls belonging to the age group of 10-12 years have increased 268 percent from 2010 to 2017.

As far as the overall figures are concerned, in 2018, almost 60,000 girls in the age group between 10 and 18 years had made suicide attempts by consuming poison. Back in the year 2008, this figure was almost closer to 30,000 girls. It is assumed that the poisons range from a number of vitamins with gums to an increased dose of opioids. Suicide deaths among teenagers are quite rare. Only 10 out of 100,000 teens who are aged 15 through 19 years die in this manner. Still, a single death is also not desirable.

There are a number of ways to help all those teenagers, who are at risk of making suicide attempts. A recent study has shown that adults who are truly caring by nature, can make a huge difference in the lives of these teenagers and hence save their lives. A Clinical Psychologist and Researcher named Kathryn Gordon said that parents must learn to listen to the problems of their children without making any kind of judgment. She feels that this can be the first step towards starting this process of changing the mindsets of teenagers. Schools can even play a crucial role to screen a lot more kids for suicide as well as depression.