Risk Factors

1. The break-up of a romantic relationshipFor an adolescent the loss of such a relationship is traumatic in many cases. His or her world has come crashing down. Behind many a macho exterior or sour grapes attitude is a sensitive and hurting young person. Trite expressions like "Things will get…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:24

Teen specific additional warning signs

Additional warning signs that a teen may be considering suicide: Change in eating and sleeping habits Withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities Violent or rebellious behaviour, running away Drug and alcohol use Unusual neglect of personal appearance Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:15

Teen Specific Pre-Suicidal Indicators

Talking about suicide Any talk about suicide, dying, or self-harm, such as "I wish I hadn't been born," "If I see you again..." and "I'd be better off dead." Seeking out lethal means Seeking access to guns, pills, knives, or other objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.…
Friday, 29 July 2016 12:22

Teen specific Risk Factors

Teenage suicide is a serious and growing problem. The teenage years can be emotionally turbulent and stressful. Teenagers face pressures to succeed and fit in. They may struggle with self-esteem issues, self-doubt, and feelings of alienation. For some, this leads to suicide. Depression is also a major risk factor for…
Friday, 29 July 2016 10:42

Warning Behaviours in teens

VERBAL SIGNS (What your friend might be saying.) Direct statements:"I want to die.""I don't want to live anymore." Indirect statements:"I want to go to sleep and never wake up.""You’ll be sorry when I'm gone.""It'll be over soon.""I want the pain to end." BEHAVIORAL SIGNS (What your friend might be doing.)1.…

Warning Signs

Warning signs may include but are not limited to:
Withdrawing from family and friends
Having difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly
Sleeping too much or too little
Feeling tired most of the time
Gaining or losing a significant amount of weight
Talking about feeling hopeless or guilty
Talking about suicide or death
Self-destructive behaviour like drinking too much or abusing drugs
Losing interest in favourite things or activities
Giving away prized possessions
Mood swings
If a friend mentions suicide, take it seriously. If they have expressed an immediate plan, or have access to prescription medication or other potentially deadly means, do not leave them alone. Get help immediately.


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Youth Suicide Prevention Ireland (RCN20070670)
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Cork City, Ireland
Tel 021 - 242 7173
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