Teen Suicide Risk
Teenagers undergo major life changes and are prone to extreme mood changes. If they are unable to cope with these changes, they may experience episodes of anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns which may lead to suicide. Suicide is the second highest cause of death among teenagers worldwide. While suicidal ideation is not something you can particularly cure, you may be able to prevent instances of suicide in those that are in your reach.
How do you figure out if a teenager is suicidal or not?
Some teenagers expertly hide their emotions and it is difficult to tell whether they are in fact considering ending their lives. A close watch on subtle changes in their personality can sometimes help indicate whether they are at risk of suicide. These can include:
- Talking excessively about death and self-harm is an obvious red flag.
- Similarly, expressing hopelessness for the future and helplessness for one’s situation in life may indicate suicide risk.
- Changes in the teenager’s eating and sleeping patterns also hold the key to determining whether they could be depressed and/or suicidal. Overeating and undereating as well as and over or under-sleeping are two common signs.
- An increase in reckless and irresponsible behavior can be indicative of a lack of appreciation of one’s life.
- Behavioral changes such as aloofness, cynicism, a decline in academic performance and general disinterest in performing habitual activities are also warning signs.
- Isolating oneself is one of the most common signs of depression and suicidal ideation.
- If your teenager is suddenly questioning his or her worth at your dinner-table conversations, there is definitely cause for concern.
- If you notice that they are parting with prized possessions and rounding up tasks that they have left around for ages, this can be a sign of suicidal thought.
While these are the common behavioral characteristics that can indicate suicide risk in teenagers. Certain teenagers are more vulnerable to such behavior than others. Teenagers who have an alternative sexual orientation, come from a broken, abusive or financially struggling family are far more predisposed towards suicidal ideation than the average teenager. If you see any of these traits in a teenager, seek help immediately. You will want to act promptly to mitigate any possible suicide-risk.
Need more help?
The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services are available to help teenagers and families cope with mental illnesses. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824.