Mel Schwartz, LCSW

#054: Reducing Teen Suicide: The Hidden Causes

In episode 054 of The Possibility Podcast with Mel Schwartz, the subject at hand is the hidden causes contributing to the increasing number of teen suicides in the United States.

Marriage and family psychotherapist Mel Schwartz explains…

  • There is no single cause responsible for the rise in teen suicides
  • The essential elements missing in teens’ lives that may lead to despair and loss of meaning and purpose
  • How a sense of connection, curiosity, wonder, and empathy can reduce depressed or anxious feelings
  • The danger of over-scheduling children
  • Why play and downtime are so important in developing maturity
  • The difference between doing your best and being your best, and why the latter is so much healthier
  • The common factors contributing to incidents of suicide across society
  • How there is a strong corollary between a lack of self-esteem and suicide
  • Ways to develop authentic self-esteem in children

The subject of teen suicide is a difficult one. If you would like to share your thoughts and experiences, you’re welcome to leave a comment.

Need Help Right Now?

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call any time, any day:  +1-800-273-8255

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