EARLY WARNING SIGNS FOR TEENAGE SUICIDE
Changes in Behavior
Normal active people become withdrawn from family, friends, and usual activities. Cautious individuals may start taking unusual risks possibly violent or rebellious behavior. Any significant change may be cause for special concern. Changes in behaviors may include changes to school work performance.
Problems in School
A dramatic drop in grades, falling asleep in class, difficulty concentrating, emotional outbursts or other behavior that’s uncharacteristic of a particular student may be cause for concern.
Themes of Death
A desire to end one’s life may show up in the person’s social media pages, notes written to peers, artwork, poetry, essays, or preoccupation with an occult group or activity.
Previous Suicide Attempt /Self-Harm by self, family member, or peer
A significant number of young people who commit suicide have attempted suicide before. Family history of suicide or attempt by a peer
Alcohol and other drug use appear to be significantly linked to increased risk taking and suicide attempts among young people.
Signs of Depression
These may include changes in eating and sleeping habits, anxiety, restlessness, fatigue, and feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, guilt and persistent sadness. Alcohol and drug abuse are common ways for people to medicate themselves from depressive feelings.
Comments such as “You’d be better off without me” or “I wish I were dead” should always be taken seriously.
Giving Away Possessions
Someone who has decided to commit suicide may give away personal possessions: music, favorite articles of clothing, etc. in an effort to put affairs in order.
Poor Coping Skil ls
The inability to see may options for solving problems and lacking confidence in a brighter future make young people vulnerable.
Learning difficulties, mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, bi-polar)
Student that may suffer or suffered from the following: withdrawn or less social youth, low self- esteem, abuse (sexual or physical), neglected, parental history of violence, substance abuse, or divorce , recent loss of peer, family, or close relationship or perfectionist personalities.
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender or Questioning youth