According to the Mayo Clinic:

“Most teens who attempt or commit suicide have a mental health condition or substance abuse problem. As a result, they have trouble coping with the stress of being a teen, such as dealing with rejection, failure, breakups and family turmoil.  They might also be unable to see that they can turn their lives around — and that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Warning signs of teen suicide might include:

  • Talking about or hinting at suicide — for example, making statements such as “I’m going to kill myself,” or “I won’t be a problem for you much longer”
  • Talking about or writing about death
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Feeling purposeless or hopeless
  • Withdrawing from social contact
  • Mood swings
  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
  • Acting recklessly or aggressively
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there is no other logical explanation for why this is being done
  • Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated
  • Unexplained cuts or burns caused by self-injury

If you think your teen is in immediate danger, take him or her to the emergency room or call 911, your local emergency number or a suicide hot line number — such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

Remember, teen suicide can be prevented.  If you’re worried about your teen, talk to him or her and seek help right away.”


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Link to the Mayo Clinic site

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