Depression & Suicide in Adolescence
Warning Signs and Prevention Tips
Is your teen at risk?
Warning Signs of Depression
Unnatural sleep patterns and lack of energy
Lack of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
80% of people that seek treatment for depression are treated successfully
15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide
An average of one person dies by suicide every 13.3 minute
"People who talk about suicide won't really do it."
"Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy."
"If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her."
"People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help."
"Talking about suicide may give someone the idea."
Many who attempt suicide never seek professional care
- Positive self image and parental support seems to be associated with fewer thoughts about suicide, even when there are symptoms of depression present
- Positive self image and parental support helps reduce feelings hopelessness and/or isolation
Brausch, A. M., & Decker, K. M. (2014). Self-esteem and social support as moderators of depression, body image, and disordered eating for suicidal ideation in adolescents. Journal Of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(5), 779-789.
Berk, Laura E. Development Through the Lifespan. Fifth ed. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, 2010. Print.