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How do I know if a youth is at risk for suicide?

The following signs and risk factors may be helpful to you in determining if a youth is at risk. Source: the Samaritans

Verbal Signs:

  • "I want to kill myself."
  • "I don't want to be here anymore."
  • "No one understands me."
  • "I can't take it anymore."
  • "Things will never get better."
  • "I'm tired of being a burden to my friends and family."
  • "No one would miss me if I were gone."

Physical Changes:

  • Significant change in appetite
  • Suddenly not caring about appearance or cleanliness
  • Unexplained cuts, scrapes or bruises
  • Appearing tired all the time or sleeping too much or too little

Acting Differently :

  • Changes in mood: more withdrawn, anxious or sad, or sudden mood lift after a down period
    Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Suddenly taking more risks: not taking prescribed medication, drunk driving, ignoring physical limitations, having unprotected sex, using more drugs or alcohol
  • Loss of concentration
  • Withdrawing from friends and family
  • Losing interest in things that used to be enjoyed
  • Not planning for the future
  • Hurting oneself on purpose
  • Thinking and talking about death a lot
  • Unexplained good-byes or unusual personal expressions that have a sense of closure

Situations:

  • Recently having lost a loved one, relationship or job
  • Having money problems
  • Having questions or worries about being gay, bisexual or transgender

GET HELP NOW

Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available…talk to someone now

For immediate help call
9-1-1

Riverside Emergency Services
781-769-8674

Newton Wellesley Hospital
617-243-6000

Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)