SUICIDE

If you are thinking of hurting yourself, or if you are concerned that someone else may be suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth between 10 and 19 years of age. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority—and are empowered to take the correct actions—we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.

Certain characteristics are associated with increased suicide risk.  These include:

  • Mental illness including depression, conduct disorders, and substance abuse.
  • Family stress/dysfunction.
  • Environmental risks, including presence of a firearm in the home.
  • Situational crises (i.e., traumatic death of a loved one, physical or sexual abuse, family violence, etc.).                                                                                                                                                                                         (National Association of School Psychologists)

WARNING SIGNS
  • Talking about or hinting at suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," or "I won't be a problem for you much longer"
  • Talking about or writing about death
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Feeling purposeless or hopeless
  • Withdrawing from social contact
  • Mood swings
  • Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
  • Acting recklessly or aggressively
  • Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there is no other logical explanation for why this is being done
  • Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated
  • Unexplained cuts or burns caused by self-injury

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