Teens & Suicide
Teens today face more challenges and issues than ever. They can experience strong feelings of confusion, stress, self-doubt, pressure to succeed, financial uncertainty, and other fears while growing up. For some teenagers, transitions can be difficult, i.e. change of schools, loss of relationships, divorce, the formation of a new family with step-parents and siblings, moving to a new community or a death in the family. These can be upsetting and create or intensify self-doubts. Often, suicide may appear to be a solution to their problems and stress.
Suicide among youth is more common than you might think: it’s the third leading cause of deaths among 15-24 year olds and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-14 year olds.*
- A change in sleeping and eating habits
- Withdrawal from friends, family and regular activities
- Drug or alcohol use
- Change in personality
- Frequent complaints and physical symptoms, like fatigue, headaches
- Frequent complaints about being a bad person or feeling empty or rotten inside
- Complaints about hallucinations or bizarre thoughts
- Boredom, loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- A change in personal appearance and hygiene
- Lack of belief in praise or rewards
- Becomes suddenly cheerful after a long period of depression
- Gives or throws away favorite belongings, gets all affairs “in order”
- Makes statements about wanting to kill self
- Obsession with stories or songs about suicide, or famous figures who have died or completed suicide.
North Range Behavioral Health hosts Suicide Education And Support Services, including the SAFE:Teen program. SAFE:Teen provides information about teen suicide risks, warning signs and available resources. If you are concerned about a friend, or are having thoughts of suicide, call 970-347-2120 or the National Hot Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255).