When suicide touches their community, teens may turn to the wrong places for information and to process their feelings. The first step to preventing teen suicide is recognizing and treating depression. Effective, early intervention will help reduce the burden and disability of depression. Adults and peers can help prevent suicide by knowing the risk factors, warning signs, and asking if a teen has been thinking about suicide. when one teen commits suicide, all the teens in their school community are at higher risk. This video teaches parents how to talk with their teen about the suicide of a peer or classmate. teens exposed to peer suicide may contemplate self-harm, study says. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens in the u. Some of the warning signs that a teen is thinking about suicide are talking about wanting to die, feeling hopeless, or being trapped or in unbearable pain (see the wise choices box for more signs). If you are concerned about a teen who may be thinking about suicide, start a conversation, says dr. Joan asarnow, a suicide-prevention researcher and clinical psychologist at the university of. What it is you are not alone is a peer-to-peer youth suicide prevention outreach campaign developed by the teenage daughter of a community member trained in emergency suicide intervention. The campaign is one of the outreach efforts of the alaska youth suicide prevention program. This year, the campaign has trained 4500 teens in suicide prevention. Teen suicide statistics outlines many factors that can indicate a teen may be thinking about committing suicide such as talking frequently about death, writing depressed poetry, abrupt changes in behavior, acting recklessly, change in diet, isolating themselves, or using drugs and alcohol as a means to self-medicate. peer support has long been recognized as important in prevention. Those bereaved by suicide loss that is, the family and friends of people who have died by suicide form an essential and active part of the suicide prevention community. Suicide rates vary for different ethnic groups due to cultural differences. In 1998, suicides among european americans accounted for 84 of all youth suicides, 61 male and 23 female. The suicide rate for african americans has increased more than twofold. According to a publication on peer pressure by parent further, only 10 percent of teenagers surveyed said that they had not been influenced by peer pressure. In that same group, 28 percent of teenagers agreed that giving in to peer pressure improved their social standing and nearly half of those surveyed admitted to picking on someone only after a friend picked on that.