The reports are in: suicidal thoughts in teen girls is at an all time high. Maybe you’ve noticed a change in your own daughter or a teenage girl you know. It’s no secret that teen girls are prone to mood swings during the hormonal hurricane known as adolescence, but when the pendulum swings too far towards thoughts of suicide, it’s time to take notice.
It’s not OK for teens to suffer in silence; if you suspect a teen girl in your life is having suicidal ideations, don’t ignore it!
The best way to combat suicidal ideation is with an open dialogue. Showing love and compassion as well as providing support can go a long way in helping young women deal with their feelings without resorting to self-harm. Reassure them that they have worth and value, while also teaching them healthy coping strategies such as journaling or engaging in physical activity.
As a counseling practice that works with girls all day every day, we’ve seen an uptick in suicidal thoughts amongst teen girls and wanted to give you five tips to help you and your teen through what might be one of the most challenging times in her life.
How to manage suicidal thoughts in teen girls
1. First, don’t be afraid to talk about your feelings. Whether it’s talking to a loved one or reaching out for professional help, being honest about what you’re going through will help you start the healing process.
2. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by negative thoughts or feelings; take it one day at a time. It might seem like an insurmountable task, but if you break it down into smaller goals and focus on achieving them each day, it will become much more manageable. Please know that no matter how bleak things seem right now, there is hope.
3. Try and find solace in “mindful” activities to reduce anxiety or process painful emotions. These can include yoga, journaling, or drawing – all of which can help ease anxious thoughts. Additionally, get involved in activities that boost self-esteem and make you feel good about yourself. These can be anything from sports to art projects!
4. Take the time to create good habits around sleep hygiene. It seems simple, and it’s so helpful. Making sure your body is well rested may also aid in improving mood swings.
5. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help from parents, guardians, teachers, or counselors. An open dialogue about your emotions can make all the difference in finding a healthy outlet for your struggles. Seeing a counselor is a great way to start feeling better!
Further teen suicide support
Here are some great resources you can use right now in case your teen is struggling with suicidal thoughts:
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: You can call 1-800-273-8255, or text or call 988. You also can contact them through their website.
- Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ community: 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. You can also contact them through their website.
Please know that we are here for you and your child and helping them through their darkest days is what we do best. We have worked with girls and teen girls over the years who are suicidal, and we have a whole host of tips and tricks to help them move through it. You can self-schedule here easily 24/7 or call us directly at 301-690-0779.
You are NOT alone and we are here to help! We’ve got you.