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Suicide Prevention


Take suicide threats seriously, provide role models of good coping skills, and know of your child's coping skills and support them. Depression may be masked in other behaviors, know the warning signs. Young people often hide their difficulties. Many experience strong feelings of stress, depression, anger, confusion, and self-doubt. For some, vandalism, stealing, hostility, promiscuity, and alcohol/drug abuse are ways of dealing with these feelings. If you are seeing any of these signs, your child or teen may be at risk. While every child is unique and special, some encounter problems with feelings or behaviors that cause disruption in their lives and the lives of those around them.

Warning Signs: Know them before it's too late.

  • Accident prone
  • Making final plans
  • Giving away possessions
  • Substance abuse
  • Low self-image
  • Music with sad themes
  • Withdrawing
  • Running away from home
  • Hostility/hyperactivity
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Decline in school performances
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Self-injurious behavior (cutting or burning themselves)
  • Writing or art work centering on sad themes or death


Death by suicide among the U.S. adult population is approximately 12%; 16% for adults 65 years and older. Depression is the most common condition associated with adult suicide attempts. People who try to commit suicide are often trying to get away from a life situation that seems impossible to deal with such as a serious physical illness, unemployment or death of a loved one.

Take suicide thoughts seriously and provide a good way to release tension, know of your coping skills and support them, depression may be masked in other behaviors

Warning Signs: Know them before it's too late.

  • Thoughts or plan for harming self
  • Increased use of alcohol/drugs
  • Isolating self from family/friends
  • Increased anger
  • Recent loss - job, health
  • Difficulty sleeping/concentrating

No matter what you choose, just be sure to GET HELP.