Teen Depression and Suicide

The prevention and facts


Most experts believe that depression results from a combination of social, psychological, and biological factors, such as :

  • Inadequate social support
  • Negative and irrational thoughts
  • Stress or trauma
  • Genetics; runs in families
  • Chemical imbalances

Warning Signs

These symptoms may indicate depression, especially when they last for more than two weeks:

  • Talks about hurting themselves or has suicidal thoughts
  • Sadness or irritability
  • Unusually quiet or withdrawn from friends or favorite activities
  • Lack of hygiene/ attention to personal appearance
  • Dramatic change in appetite
  • Ongoing inability to sleep or sleeps too much
  • Starts to randomly give away treasured possessions
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Facts & Statistics:

  • Depression is the third leading cause of death in America
  • 1 Million teens in the U.S. suffer from depression; yet less than 1/3 receive help
  • Every 20 minutes a U.S. teen commits suicide
  • 63% of suicide victims had symptoms, including depression. for more than year before their deaths
  • Teens with uninvolved or divorced parents are more likely to commit suicide
  • Girls are more likely to attempt suicide than boys, however, boys are 4 to 5 times more likely to go through it or die from it.
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Risks of Not Seeking Help

  • Over half of depressed youth will eventually attempt suicide and at least 7% will ultimately die as a result
  • Increased risk of substance abuse, eating disorders and pregnancy
  • Likely to have ongoing problems with friends, in school and at home
  • Forty percent chance of experiencing a second episode of depression within 2 years
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Tips for Talking to a Depressed Teen

  • Offer support; let them know you are there for them unconditionally
  • Be gentle but persistent
  • Listen without lecturing; avoid offering unsolicited advice and don't criticize
  • Validate feelings; acknowledge the pain and sadness they are feeling
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Where to Get Help

Safe 2 Tell: 1-877-542-7233 - www.safe2tell.org

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Your Family Doctor

Mental Health Therapist or Counselor