Suicide is a difficult topic, and one that we often avoid talking about, however not talking about it is no longer an option with teen suicide rates increasing at an alarming rate, COVID-19 has elevated suicidal ideation. 

 Warning Signs 

  • Talking about dying or not being around any longer 
  • Being preoccupied with death 
  • Talking about being a burden to others 
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use 
  • Taking unnecessary risks and behaving recklessly 
  • Threatening suicide or expressing a strong wish to die 
  • Exhibiting rage or anger and mood swings 
  • Acting anxious or agitated 
  • Isolating or withdrawing oneself from others 
  • Telling loved ones goodbye 
  • Giving things away, like prized possessions 
  • Referring to death via poetry, writings, or artwork 
  • Exhibiting poor hygiene 
  • Changing eating or sleeping patterns 
  • Declining academic and work performance 

Risk Factors for Suicide 

  • Presence of a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety 
  • Access to weapons in the home 
  • Previous suicide attempts 
  • Family history of suicide 
  • Personal failure 
  • Recent death or anniversary of the death of a close friend or family member 
  • Recent loss by death, divorce or separation, moving, or breakup  
  • Lack of peer social support, or being bullied 
  • Use of alcohol or drugs