Category - Teen
Teen suicide is the third leading cause of death for people aged 15 to 24 (following accidents and homicide). Warning signs include rebellious behaviors, changes in eating habits, sleep disturbances, appearing bored or distracted, just to name a few. If your teen is sad, anxious or appears to be struggling ask whats wrong and offer your help. If your teen is thinking about suicide, he or she is likely displaying warning signs. Listen to what your child is saying and watch how he or she is acting. Studies show that 4 out of 5 teen suicide attempts have been preceded by clear warning signs, make sure you know them. Keep reading to learn what teen suicide warning signs to look for, including warning signs or indications of a suicide plan. Many teen suicides can be prevented if warning signs are detected and appropriate intervention is conducted. No two teenagers are alike, but there are some common reasons they consider suicide. Many teens who attempt suicide do so during an acute crisis in reaction to some conflict with peers or parents. Facebook vincent iannelli, md, is a board-certified pediatrician and fellow of the american academy of pediatrics. People who commit suicide dont want to die, but to end their pain. When teens are depressed, it is an especially important time to watch them closely for warning signs of suicide. Because mental illness is present in more than 90 of all suicide cases(2), depression is most likely the first warning sign of a potentially suicidal teen. With cyberbullying, the opioid epidemic and increased pressure on teens, suicide rates among young people have reached their highest point since 2000 in the us. It should be noted that some people who die by suicide do not show any suicide warning signs. But about 75 percent of those who die by suicide do exhibit some suicide warning signs, so we need to be aware of what the suicide warning signs are and try to spot them in people.