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Warning signs of suicide in children and teens include:
Not everyone who's at risk for suicide has these signs. They may have others. For example, they may seem hopeless, anxious, or depressed. Or they may quit caring about how they look.
There may also be other reasons for these behaviors.
If your child talks about suicide, self-harm, or feeling hopeless, get help right away. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255). Or text HOME to 741741 to access the Crisis Text Line. Consider saving these numbers in your phone.
It's hard to know if a child or teen is thinking about suicide. But you can look for things that may make them more likely to have thoughts of suicide or to make a suicide attempt. These include their personal experiences and their family history.
Take any mention of suicide seriously. If a child or teen talks about suicide, self-harm, or feeling hopeless, get help right away.
Children and teens may be more likely to think about or attempt suicide if they:
Children and teens may be at higher risk of suicide if they have:
Current as of:
June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineDavid A. Brent MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Current as of: June 16, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & David A. Brent MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
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