Teen who looks depressed

Understanding that teen suicide warning signs are serious calls for help is important. Many teenagers share their thoughts and feelings in a desperate attempt to be acknowledged. In many cases, they don’t know how to deal with their feelings and problems and are looking for someone to help them find assistance.

Acknowledging these warning signs and offering support to the teenager is so very important. Offering support to a teenager who is working through his or her issue(s) is very important, and can help prevent suicide. Teen suicide is a very real danger and heeding the warning signs can truly save a life. Remind yourself that your not sharing the painful feelings of your teen and everyone handles situations differently. Let’s not ignore them. Turn a blind eye into an opened eye.

Studies show that 4 out of 5 teen suicide attempts have been preceded by clear warning signs, make sure you don’t overlook them.

With many pressures and a variety of emotional, social and family issues to confront, many teenagers find themselves having suicidal thoughts. Part of preventing a teen suicide is being involved in your teen’s life and watching for the suicidal warning signs. It’s also important to note that many of the “signs” are also indications of depression.

Warning Signs of Suicide

1. Actually saying it: “I’m thinking of committing suicide” or “I want to kill myself” or “I wish I were dead”

2. Verbal hints: “I want you to know something in case something happens to me” or “I won’t trouble you anymore”

3. Looking for a way to kill themselves: Like searching on-line for a product or device that could cause a person harm or even more blatant visiting a pawn shop to buy a gun

4. Verbalizing a state of hopelessness: Talking to a friend or loved one about having no reason to live or expressing a feeling of hopelessness

5. Trapped: Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable mental pain

6. Talking about being a burden to others: If you constant hear your teen apologizing profusely to you or the rest of the family about their mere presence causing others problems it could be a red flag

7. Drugs and Alcohol: Teens contemplating suicide often drink or use illicit drugs to self-medicate their mental anguish. If you notice that your teen is using drugs or drinking heavily, there may be a hidden root cause like suicidal thoughts

8. Agitation or anxious behavior: Teens can be moody at times even when nothing is particularly wrong, but if you notice an excessive amount of agitation or anxiety be on the look-out for other troubling signs

9. Reckless behavior: Getting into a car accident or receiving a speeding ticket are possible signs when added up with others on the list

10. Abnormal sleep patterns: Either Sleeping too much or too little may be something to consider when watching over your teen

11. Sudden change in personality: If your outgoing teen has become a recluse seemingly overnight talk to him or her to see if you can find out any serious problems that may be troubling him or her

12. Displaying bursts of anger: Showing anger can be a healthy outlet, but when combined with talk about revenge, it can be a tell tale sign of bigger issues

13. Showing extreme mood swings: Exhibiting cheerfulness followed by periods of depression

Teen suicide is obviously a serious matter. If you feel like something is wrong, don’t second guess yourself. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK(8255).