Most teens interviewed after attempting suicide say that they did it because they were trying to escape from a situation that seemed impossible to deal with or to get relief from really bad thoughts and feelings. Those who attempt suicide sometimes suffer from depression or find it difficult to cope with problems many others get through more easily. This carries the ultimate risk for the victim but also for the families who loved them.

It is very important to take the subject of suicide seriously at all times. If you see warning signs or feel suicidal this should be brought out into the open immediately.

Its very difficult to understand why someone who has so much life still ahead of them would choose to die, but sometimes for the teen who can’t get through a serious depression or feels that there is no hope, suicide is the only option they feel there is.


Who is at risk?

  • Those who have had previous suicide attempts
  • Individuals suffering from depression
  • People abuse alcohol or drugs
  • Those who have a family history of mental disorders, substance abuse or suicide

Warning signs don’t always mean a person will attempt suicide but it should ALWAYS be taken seriously. Sometimes they are a cry for help. Individuals who are thinking about suicide may want others to know what emotional pain they are suffering from. But, as mentioned before, take ALL warning signs seriously.

Warning Signs

  • A prior suicide attempt
  • Talking about suicide and making a plan
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Signs of depression
  • Hopelessness and anxiety
  • Increased drug and alcohol use

Get Help Now

If you are seeking help, the first place to turn is your parents. If you don’t feel you can turn to your parents, turn to another trusted adult. Some other adults may include other adult relatives, a family doctor, church official, trusted teacher or school counselor or a local community mental health center (If you are in Tennessee you can call Centerstone’s 24-hour Crisis Intervention number at 1-800-681-7444).

If you are looking for some initial counseling to anonymously point you in the direction of appropriate face-to-face help, a suicide hotline may be the best first step. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK.

If you ever feel like you are truly on the verge of attempting suicide do not hesitate… go directly to the emergency room.