WINNIPEG – One in five Canadian teenagers surveyed by Kids Help Phone have seriously considered suicide in the past year.
The group surveyed 1,319 teens across Canada to find out what challenges they are facing.
Vice-President Alisa Simon says it’s an important thing to know so that we can have the supports available.
“What our survey helped us realize is that suicidal thoughts are common in teens. And what we want to make sure to get out is that while they may be common, suicide does not have to be,” she said.
The survey also looked at what other challenges teens with suicidal thoughts were dealing with. Teens who have body or self-image issues, or who experience violence, were twice as likely to consider suicide.
The most likely person the teens talked to about their problems were a friend (54%), a boyfriend or girlfriend (38%), followed by mom (33%), then dad (15%).
The survey also found a google search history might know more about what challenges your teens are dealing with, as many go online for information.
Simon says that means we need to better train people in how to help teens through their challenges.
“We need to be talking to young people in our lives about what to do if they experience these challenges, but equally what to do if they have friends who come to them and how to be a good friend to these people. And then the critical part of ensuring you are telling an adult about what’s happening,” she said.
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