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Which Kids are at Highest Risk for Suicide?

It is extremely important that you take all threats of suicide seriously and seek immediate treatment for your child or teenager. If you are a child or teen and have these feelings, talk with your parents, an adult friend, or your doctor right away to get some help.

1. Some teens are at a higher risk of suicide: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, some young people are more vulnerable than others when it comes to the risk of suicide, though no child is immune. Parents need to be more vigilant with children who fall into one of the vulnerable categories to ensure that they are receiving the support, attention, and any professional intervention they might need.

4. LGBT youth at risk: A large percentage of the young people who take their own lives, say experts, are homosexual. Facing issues of sexual identity and possible rejection and ridicule, as a result, makes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teenagers a high-risk group.