Social support – having a person (or multiple people) available to assist in times of need from a network of friends, family members, and/or community members.
Protective factors – a factor that is associated with a lesser likelihood of developing a negative outcome
Perceived burdensomeness – the extent to which someone feels that they are a burden on others (often associated with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts)
Sexual abuse – when someone in a position of power engages another person to do something sexual that is age inappropriate, uncomfortable, and/or against their will
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) –an evidence-based psychological treatment for children and adolescents experiencing trauma-related stressors and symptoms
If you or someone you know is struggling with or at risk for suicidal ideation, you can get help by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish) 1-800-273-8255.
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