Teen Suicide: What Are Warning Signs?
who intentionally kill themselves are committing suicide. The term for this is
suicidal thoughts. Additionally, he or she might act suicidal. A teen is
therefore motivated to take actions that will result in their own demise.
third most common cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24 is suicide.
CDC data suggests that:
is four times more likely to kill boys than girls.
attempt suicide more frequently than guys do.
- Over 50% of student suicides contain a gun.
who attempt or die by suicide frequently suffer from mental health issues.
They consequently struggle to handle the pressures of being an
adolescent, such as coping with rejection, disappointment, failed relationships,
academic challenges, and family conflict. They might also be unable to recognize
that they have the power to change their circumstances and that suicide is a
long-term response rather than a momentary fix to a problem. Learn more about teen suicide issues from the best Clinical Psychologist near me
Signs and symptoms of teen suicide
(with or without weeping) (or without crying)
of motivation or energy
Tantrums and violent outbursts
too much or too little
of appetite, excessive eating, or both
from family and friends
of interest in normally enjoyable activities (including school activities)
of dread (even if there is no conscious reason)
remorse or shameful feelings
to pay attention
rise in alcohol or drug consumption
lessons or school
unable to influence a situation
is a thought that nothing is going to improve
on death or dying
creating art or enjoying music that deals with gloom, violence, or death
Risk factors for teen suicide
- having mental illness, such as oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder,
experience with physical or sexual abuse, violence, or bullying
problem with substance
access to resources like medicine or weaponry
of a family member or a friend’s suicide
of, or disagreements with, close friends or relatives
or physiological conditions, such as those brought on by puberty or a
history of psychotic depression & suicide
a young person who is homosexual,
lesbian, bisexual, or another sexual minority
an adopted child
in Teenage Love
& Divorce of Parents
a gun in the family
How is a teen's suicidal behavior diagnosed?
threats are a cry for assistance. We always take such claims, ideas, actions, or
plans extremely seriously. Any youngster who is having suicidal thoughts should
be evaluated as soon as their parents become aware of them. Speak with the doctor
who treats your teen. Teens who have attempted suicide should get a physical
examination first to rule out any serious health issues. Then, until he or she
reaches a stable state, they should receive a mental health assessment and
treatment. For the child's safety, this frequently occurs at an inpatient
Tips to support your teen
- Keep the door open. Remind
them that you are accessible for conversation at any time and that they can
rely on you. Inform them that if any of their peers exhibit suicidal behavior,
they should come to you as a trusted adult.
- Don't criticize; just empathize.
Let them know that you are sympathetic and that you recognize how tough their situation is. Appreciate their faith in you.
- Don't downplay how they are feeling.
Stay away from expressions like "Just be positive" and "Keep
going." Instead, respond, "How can I help you? You've got this. ”
- Talk about suicide and mental health. Stop
waiting for your teen to approach you. Ask what went wrong and offer your
assistance if you’re teen
seems to be struggling or is sad, anxious, depressed, or struggling.
- Be considerate, compassionate, aware, and watchful of your child as they
might be showing some suicidal warning signs and symptoms. Be watchful of the
actions and behavior your child is going through, be patient, and listen
to what they say. Don’t ignore the threats, calling it a drama.
- Encourage the community.
Encourage your teen to interact with encouraging family members and friends.
- Promote leading a healthy lifestyle.
Encourage your teen to eat healthily, exercise, and get enough sleep.
- Support the course of treatment or teen therapy.
Help the teen in taking counseling sessions and ask them if they feel much
better with therapy if they want to go for one. Encourage your teen to abide
with the advice of his or her physician. Encourage your teen to take part in
activities that will boost confidence as well.
- Support System at School & College: There
are a number of problems
young adolescents going through in school or college,
which need immediate attention from the educational authorities. The support
system at the school for mental health awareness, suicide prevention,
identification of crucial incident and crisis intervention units, or engagement
of online mental health counseling platforms would be of great help in reducing the incidence of suicide amongst teens.
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there are any warning signs please do not ignore them to ensure that the child or teen
receives immediate medical attention, there are a number of organizations that can
be contacted, these are mentioned below:
1. iCALL Hours: Mon—Sat, 10 AM—8 PM. Languages:
English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Tamil. 9152987821
2. KIRAN –
1800-599-0019 24*7 Mental Health Rehabilitation Helpline
3. SAATH – +91-79
4. CADABAMS HOSPITAL
– 096111 94949/+91-9741 476 476
5. AASRA – +91 98204
By: Dr (Prof) R K Suri
& DR. Sakshi Kochhar