How To Help Prevent Teen Suicide

By: Tasia Comer

What Is Suicide?

Suicide-the action of killing oneself intentionally.

Suicidal-deeply unhappy or depressed and likely to commit suicide.

Suicide facts and warning signs

Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), after accidents and homicide. It's also thought that at least 25 attempts are made for every completed teen suicide. ("KidsHealth.").

  • Disinterest in favorite extracurricular activities�
  • Problems at work and losing interest in a job�
  • Substance abuse, including alcohol and drug (illegal and legal drugs) use
  • Behavioral problems�
  • Withdrawing from family and friends�
  • Sleep changes�
  • Changes in eating habits�
  • Begins to neglect hygiene and other matters of personal appearance�
  • Emotional distress brings on physical complaints (aches, fatigues, migraines)�
  • Hard time concentrating and paying attention�
  • Declining grades in school
  • Loss of interest in schoolwork�
  • Risk taking behaviors�
  • Complains more frequently of boredom�
  • Does not respond as before to praise.
  • ("Teen Suicide Warning Signs - Teen Suicide." )



Suicide is a permeant solution to a temporary problem

Anyone can help if they know what to look for.