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Youth Suicide Prevention

Warning Signs

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Seek help as soon as possible if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs:

  • Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts, and/or feelings.
  • Sad, depressed, cranky, defiant/oppositional, “hate everything” attitude, “life is so unfair.”
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live; saying “I’m not worth anything” or “I can’t do anything right.”
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain; talking about being a burden to others.
  • Sleeping too little or too much; no energy; overeating or not eating.
  • Withdrawing of isolating himself/herself.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings; showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Repeated contact from school. Examples: Your child has missed 30 out of 36 days, is acting out in class or in the hallway, or is failing multiple classes.
  • Trouble with the law; stealing, fighting, vandalism.
  • Substance abuse; starting to use or increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Suicidal threats in the form of direct or indirect statements.
  • Looking for a way to kill himself/herself, such as searching online for ways to commit suicide or buy a gun.
  • Suicide note and plans; writing very dark or sad things; preoccupation with death.
  • Prior suicidal behavior and/or attempts.
  • Making final arrangements (e.g., making funeral arrangements, writing a will, giving away prized possessions).

Suicide Prevention Pamphlet (English)

Suicide Prevention Pamphlet (Spanish)