OREO-8. The Quality and Accessibility of Child Suicide Prevention Resources

Gianna Archuleta1
Faculty Mentor: Levent Atici, Ph.D.2
1Advanced Technologies Academy
2Division of Research, Office of Undergraduate Research

In wake of the Covid-19 Pandmeic, many concerned parties have called into question the mental health of students and children across the country due to extreme isolation. However, even before the pandemic, suicide rates among children 5-12 have been on an unprecedented rise. Not to mention, the current general belief that kids shouldn’t have mental health issues due to their age. In this analysis, suicide prevention resources made specifically for children were examined for their availability and efficiency in Nevada. Results showed that there were not many practical and available resources available specifically for children. Program training seemed to be available for staff, but programs dealing with children directly have little data or research. We conclude that children’s suicide is not being made a priority in a time when proper mental health and emotional regulation skills are incredibly important.


Nov 15 - 19 2021


All Day


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16 Replies to “OREO-8. The Quality and Accessibility of Child Suicide Prevention Resources”

  1. Hi Gianna,
    This subject is a very touchy and sensitive one because I know so many people who struggle with mental health and suicidal thoughts. I wasn’t previously aware that one child passes away to suicide every 5 days. There needs to be more awareness and facts given on this subject for the youth and older people who may struggle to be able to reach efficient resources themselves; often times a lot of people might be too prideful or embarrassed to ask for help. The topic of depression and suicide should not be of one of silence and “sweeping” under the rug in a sense, but one of tender care and understanding. I would love to see you dive further in deep with statistics and research to explore this topic more; I think it’s one that could help educate and save lives.

  2. Hello Gianna! I found the topic of your lightning talk to be really interesting. The most fascinating part was when you said what the reasoning behind suicide in teens and children are. I would have thought teens were going to be found more depressed and it turned out to be the other way around. You hit the nail on the head when you said that the best prevention needs to start with changing the way that it gets talked about ti each demographic. Suicide cannot be prevented if we are trying to shape the conversation to avoid depression, when the real issue might be ADHD. Finding and understanding the reason is the biggest first step to getting to a better solution.

  3. Hello there Gianna,
    First I’d like to say that you did an excellent job and handled a very serious topic well! The title of your research caught my eye because it involves the well being of children. It breaks my heart knowing that a child takes their own life every 5 days. I personally have such a soft spot for children and your study was very graphic, yet informational. I think mental health within children is not talked about enough and should be normalized. You had many statistics explaining the percentage of children that are experiencing abnormal mental issues or who are suicidal. More people should be open to talk about suicide because it is a very serious issue that is continuing to grow. People and children especially should not feel like they need to hide their feelings. They should always feel like they have a safe space to express their feeling without feeling judged in order to prevent and mental problems and suicide. I hope that more people feel this way and want to help the children of the world!

  4. Hi there Gianna,
    It is absolutely heartbreaking to grasp that one child passes away from suicide as often as every five days. It is an extremely hard topic to think about, and one that I believe is often overlooked, as most children are considered to be happy and innocent. This belief is proven wrong by your research. When dealing with this topic, I do not believe that most realize that there is a complete difference between child suicide and teen suicide – I personally did not know this to be true. I appreciate that this is discussed in your presentation, however I am very curious as to what these differences entail. It would be insightful to understand why children and teens need different forms of suicide prevention resources.
    Thank you for your research and this incredible call to action!

  5. Good Evening,
    I’d like to thank you for conducting this research and for bringing this issue to our attention. Before watching your presentation I did not know how high the rates were especially amongst children. I believe this needs to be brought up more and there should be more emphasis on mental health issues especially when it comes to children. I think just by beginning to discuss the different kinds of mental health issues with children is a foot in the right direction and shouldn’t be seen as “controversial”, especially since the rates have been so high even before the pandemic. I am curious to see what kind of programs could be beneficial for children and how it could impact the current programs. I like how clear you made your points throughout the presentation and how all of your data was easily readable for us. Great job on the presentation and thank you again for the awareness!

  6. Hi Gianna!
    I am very glad you chose this topic. I have always heard about suicide prevention, but it has mostly been specifically geared towards adolescence/teenagers. The topic of children suicide does not pop up often. It is sad to hear that many people do not think children will commit suicide because they are too young to know. I do not recall really being taught about suicide prevention in elementary school, or even that much in middle school. Suicide prevention only became a big topic in high school. It is great that you are bringing light to the topic of children suicide. I hope your presentation will help others spread resources and expand on children suicide prevention.

  7. Good afternoon Gianna,
    Great job discussing this topic especially about children between the ages 5-12 years old. It is a topic that should be talked about a lot more in our society. It was surprising to see the data in the suicide method portion of your presentation. I agree with you mentioned how young these children are and how they should not have these types of problems since they are young. It was shocked to see how there is limited resources out there for children to seek out and ask for help. Great job and great presentation!

  8. This should be taken much more seriously. This topic should be deeply researched. A lot of children have committed suicide especially during the pandemic shutdown. I honestly thought this was very well presented and hope that more awareness is brought to this topic. I have never heard of programs that specialize in infant suicide prevention, it’s honestly something that never really comes to mind. With more discussion we can see a change happen.

  9. Hello Gianna, this was an amazing and very eye-opening presentation. I think it is very important topic to talk about and have taken more seriously; mental health stigma and misinformation still remains very apparent in our society, so thank you for starting a conversation for children…a very overlooked group regarding the topic. Personally, I had no idea that so many children struggled with mental health or committed suicide. It is very heartbreaking and more resources need to available for them. It is interesting that the number one mental disorder listed in the research is ADD/ADHD and not depression, but I feel that is due to children being unable to cope with all effects the disorder has on the brain compared to the manifestation of depression in children; I wish more research was done in this area to figure out reasoning as well as provide solutions to the parents and children affected by mental health disorders.

  10. This is truly a heartbreaking fact. I feel like this topic is often overlooked and there is not enough research about this. We are familiar with suicide but often don’t think about children also being victims to mental health disorders. It is very interesting to see that boys are more likely to commit suicide. I would really like to learn more about this topic and why is that one sex does it more than the other. I think that one of the reasons for this problem could be bullying. When I was little, I used to get bullied a lot and that destroyed my self-esteem as a young child. I can only imagine what these kids were going through in their lives that they made this decision. Mental health is such an important topic and it need to be talked about more. Thank you for bringing awareness to this issue.

  11. Hello Gianna,
    I found your lightning talk to be powerful, concise, and informative about this subject. Suicide is obviously not a subject that can be taken lightly and should be treated with respect, let alone the fact that we are discussing suicide rates amongst young children (ages 5-12) which is a serious matter. One of the important things you mentioned was that some people seem to push away the idea of young children committing suicide because they are “too young” and I am glad you pointed out that children can not only be conscious of themselves but can be more articulated than people would expect. No matter the age of someone who is thinking about suicide, they should all be treated with care and respect. When you brought up the statistics regarding suicide, it cements the idea for me that there needs to be more work towards reducing the stigmatization of discussing suicide and mental health. As shown, one of the leading characteristics was that ADD/ADHD was the leading mental health disorder which indicates that suicide should not just be correlated with depression. Finally, just as you said, there needs to be more resources put towards suicide prevention resources specifically geared towards children. The pandemic has caused an alarming precedent regarding suicide and we need to use this as an opportunity to improve our awareness towards suicide and be able to give proper help for those considering suicide. Thank you for discussing this topic in both an informational and respectful manner as suicide can be a heavy subject, but it needs to be addressed in the hopes that we work towards having better suicide prevention resources for children.

  12. Hi Gianna,
    I found your research lightning talk interesting. It’s a relevant topic, especially during this time of the pandemic. Before watching your presentation, I wasn’t aware of how alarming the statistics are. After seeing your statistics, I think we as a society should normalize talking about suicide. By openly and safely discussing suicide, we can let others know that it’s OK to discuss their suicidal thoughts. Doing this will help find individuals, especially children, who may be suffering silently and encourage them to connect with others. Having a connection can potentially avert a suicide death and allow them to communicate with mental health professionals for additional support. Overall excellent presentation. Thank you for the heightened awareness you give to the topic of children’s suicide.

  13. Hi Gianna,
    Great job on this lightening talk. It was interesting to me how suicide prevention is not a common topic for children. It brings up the question, who’s responsibility is it to inform children about the suicide prevention resources available to them? Should it be the responsibility of the parents or the schools? Also, I found it interesting that such a high percentage of children diagnosed with ADHD correlated with suicide rates. Correlation does not always mean causation. After all, there has been a significant increase with the amount of children diagnosed with ADHD over the years. This could just be a coincidence. Your research was very interesting to me and I think you could dig deeper to find out more information related to child suicide. I definitely agree that more prevention resources are necessary, but are there other things we can do to help children not even get to that point in the first place? This was an interesting topic and great presentation!

  14. Good Afternoon,
    I think you did a really good job on this research lightning talk. This is a very hard topic to talk about for many people especially children. Mental health seems to have a stigma around it where people view it as a negative thing. There is a lot of change that needs to happen so that results such as what you talked about do not happen. I think that this change will happen with more discussions. This is a start, and I think that students and millennial’s need to be the change. We have been through a really hard two years and know many people who have been affected, so we are a good demographic to tackle this problem. Programs need to be formed for communities and elementary schools, and I think you explained this in a really good way. You spoke with a meaningful tone and I can tell this topic was important to you. I think that together we can create a change around mental health.

  15. Hello Gianna,
    I believe you chose a very delicate and important topic for your research. Indeed, child suicide is not a common topic around us. All of the data you presented shocked me, but knowing that one child passes away due to suicide every five days is heartbreaking. From my personal experience, I can tell you that I have never heard of programs or any other type of information available for infant suicide prevention. However, I do know people who has lost their children due to suicide. I believe this is a very tragic phenomenon and should be of big interest for everyone. Without a doubt, society should put into priority the safety of children and have as main goal decrease infant deaths. Certainly, I believe that preventing infant deaths from diseases is usually the main focus of society. However, no one stops to think about suicide, including me. If I am completely honest, this topic never comes to my mind unless a situation like this occurs around me and I believe that this is what happens with other people as well. For this reason, I believe your research is very interesting and important. I will like to point put to you and ask if it would be better and more practical to have prevention programs targeting parents instead of the children. I believe that there might not be a lot of programs targeting children suicide because it might be difficult for them to understand. Nonetheless, if parents are targeted, then this might be more helpful in decreasing children suicides.
    Overall, great job choosing your topic and presenting the data!

  16. Hi Gianna Archuleta,
    Your research caught my attention right away because my mother is actually a “Child Nero Phycologist” who sees many of these children. My mom says many of the things your presented in your research such as age, gender, reason, and their mental disabilities. This topic is very important and needs to have more awareness in the world. It’s very sad that our society can not come to the conclusion that this is a serious problem and needs to be addressed, and its just getting worse everyday. So it makes me very happy to see someone creating a presentation and bring awareness to the topic. Like you stated in your research/implications section, there is very few resources out there for anyone to actually use. As someone who has quit a bit of insight on this topic I thought I would also tell you a key reason to why there is very few resorces. The reason is that in this particular field as a health professional, they only have so much control over the amount of resources out there and what they can do. This is because the government doesn’t properly fund this topic, so its very frustrating.

    Great job aad I hope to see more awareness on this topic over the next year!

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