More middle school students are dying of suicide than car crashes. In 2014, 425 young people between the ages of 10-14 in the United States took their own lives compared to 384 who died in car accidents. Michael R. Cummings, MD
, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry
, says parents should have “open, honest, frank discussions” about teen suicide with their children. “You will not make your child suicidal by saying the word suicide,” he emphasizes.