Suicide Prevention and Resilience in Children

Suicide Prevention and Resilience in Children

SPARC

An evidence-based program designed to target risk factors associated with suicide in teens

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents and young adults between ages 10 and 24. Children’s Health℠ offers a unique Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for youth with suicidal behaviors. Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children’s (SPARC) is a program specifically designed to target the risk factors associated with suicidality in teens.

We offer group, individual and family therapy. Your teen’s participation in the program will depend on their individual needs.

If you think your child needs help, our teen suicide prevention program is designed especially for teens ages 12 – 18 years of age.

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Dallas

214-456-8899 - Inpatient/Partial Hospitalization

214-456-3600 - Outpatient

214-456-5953 - Fax

Plano

214-456-5900

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A program tailored to each patient’s needs

The SPARC Intensive Outpatient Program is available for youth with suicidal behaviors.Intensive outpatient programming is less intensive than inpatient hospitalization or day treatment, and allows teens to continue to stay at home and attend school while addressing and managing stressors.

The goals of the SPARC program include providing the teen and their family with skills designed to prevent future suicide attempts. Teens participate in group therapy three hours per day, three times a week, and may attend individual and/or family therapy in conjunction with IOP.

Parents participate in their child’s treatment, learning the skills their teens are learning. Length of time in IOP is based on the teen’s individual need and is usually between 3 to 6 weeks.

Look for Warning Signs

It’s important for parents and other family members to recognize the signs of suicide and make sure that teens get help. The best prevention is recognizing the warning signs and then seeking help for your child right away.

Warning signs include your child talking about wanting to die or commit suicide, expressing feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, changes in mood, and withdrawing from others.

Take these warnings seriously. If your child appears to be in crisis, don’t hesitate to take him to a mental healthcare professional or even an emergency room.

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