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Teenage Suicide

For most parents, teenage suicide is one of the last things on their mind. The reality is that teenage suicide is a real problem in the United States. With many pressures and emotional, social and family issues to confront, teenagers are at risk for suicide more than ever. Here are a few warning signs of teenagers at risk of suicide.

  • Listen and watch what your teenager says. If your teen says things like "I wish I were dead," or "I hate myself", they might be in the danger zone of suicide.
  • Watch your teen for sudden behavioral problems. If your teen is suddenly getting in trouble at school, you should be concerned. Your child may be going through an issue that you are unaware of. Talk to your teen and find out why their behavioral pattern has changed.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends. If your teen suddenly doesn't want to hang out with friends or family members, they may be feeling unwanted, which may be a sign of depression.
  • Planning a suicide. There are verbal hints that a teenager can say that me lead to a suicide. If your teen says things like, "I want you to know something, in case something happens to me...," take it seriously and ask them what are they trying to say to you.
  • Substance abuse. Teens that abuse drugs and alcohol are more at risk of suicidal thinking.
  • Throws away important possessions. If you find your child giving away their possessions, they may be planning a suicide.
  • Neglecting personal appearances and hygiene. If you notice your teenager wearing wrinkled clothes, or refuses to take showers, they may be on a suicidal path.

Part of preventing teen suicide is being involved in their lives. Many teens who feel suicidal normally feel they have nobody to turn to and trust with their emotions. Many teens who have suffered emotional abuse and physical abuse are more likely to have suicidal thoughts. It is important to know that warning signs of suicide may be a result of depression.

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