Four out of five teens give clear warning signs before they attempt to take their own lives.
Teenage suicide can be prevented: four out of five teens give clear warning signs before attempting to take their own lives.
It’s important to be aware of the common warning signs that a person might be suicidal. Warning signs of suicidal thoughts and/or plans include: talking about suicide; giving away prized possessions or items with sentimental value; being obsessed with death; making comments about feeling worthless, helpless, or hopeless; engaging in risky or self-destructive behavior; losing interest in previously enjoyable activities; and contacting or visiting loved ones as a means of covertly saying one’s goodbyes and getting one’s affairs in order.
Although depression and other mental illnesses can effect anyone, certain groups are especially vulnerable to suicidal ideation. High-risk groups include: LGBT youth; learning disabled youth; youth with depression; youth with low self-esteem; youth who are or have been abused or neglected; youth with a genetic predisposition to mental illness; youth with a parental history of substance abuse, violence, or divorce; perfectionist personality types; and loner personality types.