SUICIDE

the act of intentionally taking one's own life

Warning Signs

-saying "I wish I was dead"

-saying "I can"t take it anymore"

-writing poem, song lyrics, or diary entries that deal with death

-Direct or indirect suicide threats

-an unusual obsession with death

-withdrawal from friends

-Dramatic changes in personality, hygiene or appearance

-giving away belongings

How you can help

-show support and ask questions; remind the person that all problems have solutions and that suicide is not the answer


-persuade the person to seek help; talk with counselor or a parent

-Meaningful conversation; show interest and passion and patience and understanding

Statistics

-More than 90% are suffering from depression or other mental disorder or have a history of suffering alcohol and other drugs


- 17% of all students consider suicide

- third leading cause of death 15-19 year olds

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