By: Alice Liu
What is teenage suicide?
Everyone at one point in their life will experience times of anxiety, sadness, and despair. These happen to be normal responses to the pain of loss, and rejection. However, those with serious mental illnesses, like teenage suicide, often experience much more extremities. These reactions and feelings can leave them feeling hopeless, making them feel that the only solution in life is suicide.
Symptoms of teenage suicide
- change in eating and sleeping habits
- drug or alcohol use
- violent actions
- loss of interest in pleasurable activities
- always negative about themselves
- become suddenly cheerful after a period of depression
- neglect of personal appearance
- personality change
“A lot of you cared, just not enough.” Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
What can you do to help?
- ask if the person is thinking about suicide
- listen openly
- believe what a person says
- get others involved
- reassure the person that help is available
- act immediately if you think the person is at serious risk for suicide