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Teen Suicide: Getting Help and Finding Hope

Season 7 | Episode 701 | Length: 27 minutes

This episode explores the complex role the Internet, particularly social media, plays in self-harming and suicide-related behavior; and experts provide advice for families to navigate these alarming trends.

Our Guests

Patrick and Jackie Kimmel

Patrick and Jackie KimmelPatrick and Jackie are board members for the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Katelyn Lamm

Katelyn LammKatelyn lost her father to suicide in 2004, and has been volunteering with the Western PA Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for over 12 years. She is currently serving as the chapter’s chair.

Learn more about our guests by downloading the discussion guide.


Download the accompanying discussion guide for more information about the episode, discussion questions, biographies of the guests featured in the episode, online articles, resources, and much more!

Additional resources:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Centers for Disease Control – LGBTQ Resource – Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12

NCBI – LGBTQ – Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in white and Latino lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults.

JAMA Pediatrics – Sexual Minority Youth at Increased Risk for Suicide Attempt, With Transgender Youth at Highest Risk

JAMA Pediatrics – Association of Screen Time and Depression in Adolescence

Suicide Prevention –

WebMD – Youth Suicide Rate Reaches 20-Year High

PBS News Hour – Suicide among teens and young adults reaches highest level since 2000

The Trevor Project – LGBTQ resource and crisis intervention– for LGBTQ youth at risk for suicide

Public Source: Why are young people taking their own lives?

National Institutes of Health (NIH) News in Health – Teen Suicide: Understanding the Risk and Getting Help

We Are Teachers – What Teachers Need to Know About the Rise in Teen Suicide

National Center for Biotechnology Information – Social Media and Suicide: A Public Health Perspective

American Psychological Association – Age, Period, and Cohort Trends in Mood Disorder Indicators and Suicide-Related Outcomes in a Nationally Representative Dataset