Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. When an adolescent turns towards seriously considering suicide, it usually means that they feel overwhelmed by the emotional pain they are in, and feel helpless and hopeless that there will be any relief from anything but just dying. Many adolescents feel alone as they struggle with depression, being bullied, losing a friendship or romantic relationship, feeling extreme pressure from themselves or others about achievement or being "perfect", feeling like they'll never be good enough, feeling like they'll never be happy, or that there is nothing positive to look forward to in the future. Many parents feel very scared when their child is having suicidal thoughts or has attempted suicide and may feel helpless to intervene.
At the Bay Area Center for Adolescents, we work with adolescents who struggle with depression, cutting, suicidal thoughts, and those who have attempted to hurt themselves. We help them to understand that suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems and help them to develop hope that it will get better. We use effective approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT) that have been found to be success with suicidal adolescents. We can help your adolescent regain hope for their life and help parents feel like they have tools to help their child.
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