Mental Health

Real Stories of Teen Suicide that Will Make You Think

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.