10 Myths About Teen Suicide

There's No Turning Back

Once a teen's decided to commit suicide, there's not talking her out of it, right? Not so.

The truth is, even teenagers who seem completely serious about killing themselves are still on the fence about the matter. Whether it's a rash decision or something they've pondered and planned for weeks, they're sure to have last-minute reservations. That's because most teenagers don't really want to die. They just want to feel better; they'd give anything to stop the pain they feel. This makes it vital to help teenagers understand that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

The good news is that most teenagers welcome help -- either from parents or professionals -- to ease the pain of their feelings. Even if your teenager needs prompting to open up to a professional, doing so can be an invaluable tool in saving his or her life.