The teen years are often a roller-coaster ride of emotions with this time being especially susceptible to wide variations in mood and risky behaviors. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression appears to be occurring at a much earlier age, and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth ages 10 to 19, and there are often warning signs that are overlooked.The Loudoun County Public Schools' Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention program is based on the SOS Signs of Suicide® High School Prevention Program. The program is implemented by LCPS school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors in all high schools. For more information on this program please click here.Through Loudoun County Mental Health Emergency Services, help is available 24 hours, 7 days a week for youth who are experiencing immediate and severe emotional crisis at 703-777-0320. Non-emergency appointments can be made at 703-771-5100. For more details please click here.