Being preoccupied with death in conversation, writing, or
Giving away belongings.
friends and family.
Having aggressive or hostile behavior.
It is extremely important that you take all threats of suicide seriously and seek immediate treatment for your child
or teenager. If you are a child or teen and have these feelings, talk with your
parents, an adult friend, or your doctor right away to get some help.
Other warning signs can include:
Neglecting personal appearance.
Running away from home.
behavior, such as reckless driving or being sexually
in personality (such as from upbeat to quiet).
Suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts
Certain problems increase the chances of suicidal thoughts in children
and teens. Other problems may trigger a suicide attempt.
Problems that increase the chances of suicidal thoughts include having:
A friend, peer, family member, or hero (such as a sports
figure or musician) who recently attempted or committed suicide.
disruptive or abusive family life.
A history of sexual
A history of being bullied.
Problems that may trigger a suicide attempt in children and
Possession or purchase of a weapon, pills, or
other means of inflicting self-harm.
Drug or alcohol use
Witnessing the suicide of a family
Problems at school, such as falling grades, disruptive
behavior, or frequent absences.
Loss of a parent or close family
member through death or divorce.
Legal or discipline
Stress caused by physical changes related to puberty,
chronic illness, and/or sexually transmitted diseases.
Withdrawing from others and keeping thoughts to
Uncertainty surrounding sexual orientation (such as
bisexuality or homosexuality).
Signs of depression, which can lead to suicidal behavior,
Feeling sad, empty, or tearful nearly every day.
Loss of interest in activities that were enjoyed in the past.
Changes in eating and sleeping
Difficulty thinking and
Complaints of continued
Complaints of headaches, stomachaches, or fatigue with no
actual physical problems.
Expressions of guilt and/or not allowing anyone
to give him or her praise or rewards.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of suicide. Talk to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide.
Take any mention of suicide seriously. If someone you know is threatening to
commit suicide, get help right away. To learn more, see Suicidal Thoughts or Threats.
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