Suicide is the second
leading cause of death for those ages 10 to 24 in
For each suicide death,
family and close friends are at higher risk for
If you are concerned, don't
wait to talk to your child.
Knowing the risk factors
and warning signs helps you help your child with
concerns about himself or another student
Asking directly about
suicide tells your child it's ok to talk about it
Take all suicidal thoughts,
threats and behaviors seriously.
Most suicidal people want
to end severe emotional pain.
Emotional pain makes it
hard to think clearly, consider options or remember
reasons for living.
Prior suicide attempt
This is the strongest
predictor of future attempts.
1 in 5 teens will have
depression at some point.
Many teens with depression
depression often continues into
adulthood, especially if left
Bullying: In-person or cyberbullying.
Trauma: Examples include injury,
assault, legal trouble, physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
Impulsivity combined with a personal
inability to think through
consequences before acting can
increase the risk for suicide
following a breakup.
Tell your children to never
take images they don't want
classmates, family or future
employers to see. Forwarding a
sexual picture of a minor is a
Recent loss: Examples include moving, changing schools,
divorce, or death of a loved one.
Questioning sexual orientation
Call 911 if:
A Suicide attempt has been
A weapon is present
The person is out of
Makes a serious threat to
kill himself or herself such as:
"I wish I were dead."
"If ...... doesn't happen,
I'll kill myself."
"What's the point of
Looks for a way to carry
out a suicide plan
Talks about death or
suicide in text messages, on social media sites or
Gives away possessions
Rage, anger or seeking
Reckless or risky behavior
Expressions of feeling
trapped, like there's no way out
Alcohol or drug use
Withdrawal from family or
Anxiety, agitation or sleep
Dramatic mood changes
Discussions of no reason
for living or no sense of purpose
What you can do right now:
Keep medications, including
vitamins with iron, where your kids or their friends
Don't keep lethal doses of
medication on hand. A pharmacist can advise you on
Safely discard unused
Alcohol and drugs
your kids about substance use as a
major risk factor for suicide.
If your teen has a pattern of
substance use, seek mental health
Substance use could be an attempt to
self-medicate a mental illness.
Substance use makes youth more
likely to choose lethal means, such
as guns. Remove firearms from your
potentially harmful common household products,
including household cleaners, products
containing alcohol (such as mouthwash, hand
sanitizer, etc.), and cosmetics (such as nail
polish remover, perfume, etc.).
Remove firearms from your
home. More than half of all suicide deaths result
from a gunshot wound.
Talking to your kids
How to start a conversation
after a relationship breakup:
What did you notice about
yourself in the relationship?
What is positive? What
would you like to change?
Were there patterns or
issues that brought you into this relationship or
caused it to end?
What are your priorities
and preferences in life?
Who are you on your own and
how do you want to live your life?
How to start a conversation about
"I have been feeling
concerned about you lately."
·"Lately, I've noticed some
differences in you. How are you doing?"
·"What happened? It might
help to talk about it."
Questions you can ask: "When did you begin feeling
like this?" "Did something happen that
made you start feeling this way?" "How can I support you
"Could you tell me more
What to say that can help: "You are not alone – I'm
here for you."
"I may not understand
exactly how you feel, but I love you and want to
help." "I think you feel there is
no way out. Let's talk about some options."