Three million teenagers consider or attempt suicide every year.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in
Approximately one-fourth of adolescent deaths are the result of suicide.
While girls are more likely to make attempts
BUT boys are more likely to complete the act.
Do I have your attention? This is a very real problem in this century. Even if it
doesn't seem to apply to your teen at this time, please read this section carefully. You may be able to assist another parent help a teen at risk. Suicide is hard to talk
about and hard to think about, but please don't skip this section. Adults who are well informed are a teen's best ally in times of crisis.
How can you
determine whether your teen is at risk to commit suicide?
It is important to take the warning signs of teen suicide seriously and to seek help immediately if
you think that you know a teenager who might be suicidal. Here are some of these symptoms to look for:
1. Extreme personality changes.
of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.
3. Significant loss or gain in appetite (changes in eating habit).
4. Sleeping too much or too
5. Fatigue or loss energy.
6. Withdrawal from family and friends (losing the desire to go out).
7. Neglect of personal appearance or
8. Sadness, irritability, or indifference.
9. Having trouble concentrating or pay attention in class.
10. Extreme anxiety or
11. Drug or alcohol use or abuse.
12. Aggressive, destructive, or defiant behavior.
13. Feeling worthlessness, hopelessness,
14. Feeling negative or pessimistic.
15. Crying frequently.
16. Loss of interest in school or schoolwork / drop in school
17. Preoccupation with death and dying.
18. Self-injury or self-destructive behavior.
Tragically, many of these signs go
unrecognized. And while suffering from one of these symptoms certainly does not necessarily mean that one is suicidal, it's always best to communicate openly with a
loved one who has one or more of these behaviors, especially if they are unusual for that person.
Find out more information to recognize the teen-depression-tipssigns of depression in children.