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SUICIDE PREVENTION AND AWARENESS
Suicide in Teens

Teenage suicide is a serious and growing problem. The teenage years can be emotionally turbulent and stressful. Teenagers face pressures to succeed and fit in. They may struggle with self-esteem issues, self-doubt, and feelings of alienation. For some, this leads to suicide. Depression is also a major risk factor for teen suicide.

Other risk factors for teenage suicide include:

  • Childhood abuse
  • Recent traumatic event
  • Lack of a support network ยท Availability of a gun
  • Hostile social or school environment
  • Exposure to other teen suicides

 

Suicide warning signs in teens

Additional warning signs that a teen may be considering suicide:

  • Change in eating and sleeping habits
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities
  • Violent or rebellious behavior, running away
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Unusual neglect of personal appearance
  • Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork
  • Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.
  • Not tolerating praise or rewards
Source: American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline โ€“ Suicide prevention telephone hotline funded by the U.S. government. Provides free, 24-hour assistance. 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Local Resources:

Aspire:  Crisis 1-800-560-4038

Meridian Health Services:  Emergency 800-333-2647

Saint Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital:  Anderson Center 1(800) 453-9143