Suicide

by: Nicole Cooper - yellow 2, 15pts

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Facts on Teen Suicide

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined
  • Each day in our nation there are on average of over 5400 suicide attempts by young people grades 7-12
  • 4 out of 5 who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs
  • Each year in the U.S. thousands of teenagers commit suicide

Reasons for Teen Suicide

  • Bullying and peer pressure
  • Mental disorders
  • Sexual orientation
  • Domestic abuse
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Divorce
  • Emotional neglect
  • Sexual abuse
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Stress

Symptoms of Suicide

  • Drop in grades
  • Boredom
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Withdrawal from activities
  • Change in eating and sleeping patterns
  • Intolerance of personal praise or rewards
  • Frequent physical complaints
  • Depression
  • Antisocial
  • Constant mental stress/tiredness

How to Help Stop Teen Suicide

  • Remain calm
  • Ask the youth directly if they are thinking about suicide
  • Focus on your concern for their well-being and avoid being accusatory
  • Listen
  • Reassure them that there is help and that they won't feel like this forever
  • Don't judge

Local Resources

Alexander Youth Network-

(704) 377-0602


National Alliance on Mental Illnesses North Carolina-

(919) 788-0801


CRISISline: Mental Health America of Greenville County-

Greenville, SC 29601


CrisisLink-

(703) 527-4077

1 (800) SUICIDE

1 (800) 273-TALK