Paris Jackson’s, 15, hospitalization earlier this week has highlighted a dark aspect of growing up: the risk of suicide among teens. The High Court has ordered an investigation into the matter which occurred at the Jackson’ ranch in Calabasas, CA.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff – who oversees the guardianship of all three Jackson kids – has requested an investigation into key aspects of Paris’s life, including her education, welfare and health.
The Judge has took this appropriate step in light of the factors that affect the rates of teen suicide. According to kidshealth.org, teens who are thinking about suicide might:
Talk about suicide or death in general
Talk about feeling of hopelessness or feeling guilty
Pull away from friends and family
Engage in risk taking behaviors
Lose interest in school or sports
It appears, from recent stories about the troubled teen, that she has tried, successfully and unsuccessfully, to pull away from many members of the Jackson family.The general assumption is that Katherine has been doing a good job of raising the three children. However, some think she may need more of a motherly figure than maybe Katherine is able to commit to.
“She’s yearning for a mother figure,” a source told E! News. “She just wants to be loved. It’s been so hard without her dad because no one is really there for her.”Adolescence is also a time of sexual identity and relationships and a need for independence that often conflicts with the rules and expectations set by others.
The risk of teen suicide is further highlighted by not only the recent suicide attempt, itself, but also by factors such as the breakdown in Paris Jackson’s family relations (e.g. confrontations with other members of the Jackson family, for instance a very public disagreement with Aunt Janet in the recent past). Over the past year, the Jackson family has been seen, publicly, fighting which leads some to believe maybe there are serious problems brewing in the family’s ranch.
It’s important to try to keep the lines of communication open and express your concern, support, and love, says kidshealth.org.
Although suicide is relatively rare among children, the rate of suicides and suicide attempts increases tremendously during adolescence, according to Kidshealth.org. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They also warn,overdose using over-the-counter, prescription, and non-prescription medicine is also a very common method for both attempting and completing suicide. It’s important to monitor carefully all medications in your home. Also be aware that teens will “trade” different prescription medications at school and carry them (or store them) in their locker or backpack.
Teens going through major life changes are at greater risk of suicidal thoughts. With the loss of her father Michael, and the turbulence in the Jackson household, including constantly being under the watch of the media, Paris might be suffering like any other teenager, but with exponentially greater intensity.
“There have been communications between the court and counsel and we’re completely supportive of the court’s actions,” said Perry Sanders Jr, attorney to Katherine Jackson, in quotes taken from Sky News.
Authorities say they responded to an emergency call at 1:27am regarding a possible overdose at the sprawling property Paris shares with grandmother Katherine and her two siblings, Prince Michael II and Blanket, reports entertainmentwise.com.
Paris Jackson’s situation is a learning lesson for parents of teens nationwide. Learning more about factors that might lead a teen to suicide may help prevent further tragedies.
Some of the factors that increase the risk of suicide among teens include: depression, bipolar disorder, and alcohol and drug use (in fact, approximately 95% of people who die by suicide have a psychological disorder at the time of death)