Depression & Suicide in Adolescence

Warning Signs and Prevention Tips

Is your teen at risk?

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Warning Signs of Depression

Display of sad, frustrated, or hopeless emotions
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

How to Treat Depression

Antidepressant Medication
Individual, Group, Family Therapy

15% of those who are clinically depressed die by suicide

Warning Signs of Suicide

Making references to suicide both directly and indirectly
Saying goodbye to loved ones
Giving away treasured possessions
Desperate need to fix broken relationships
Trouble in school with attendance and disciplinary issues

An average of one person dies by suicide every 13.3 minute

Common Misconceptions

"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

Tips to Prevent Suicide

Know the warning sings of suicide
Be an avid listener to teens problems
Seek professional help

Research Findings:

  • 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.