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          Suicide Warning Signs

          March 12, 2010

          Suicide is on the rise. In fact, it’s the third leading cause of death among teens. Sixty percent say they’ve thought about it, and nine percent admit that they have attempted it at least once.

           

          Don’t ignore the warning signs that a loved one may be contemplating taking his or her life.

          • Threatening, talking or writing about wanting to hurt or kill him/herself and/or seeking ways to kill him/herself
          • Has excessive and persistent rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
          • Has a family history of violence or sexual abuse
          • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities without apparent fear
          • Increasing alcohol or drug use
          • Exposure to painful or provocative events
          • Withdrawing from friends, family and society; neglecting personal care and giving away prized possessions
          • Expressing no reason or purpose for living; has feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, depressed mood, poor self-esteem, guilt or is feeling like a burden
          • Has trouble concentrating or making decisions
          • Feeling that he/she made a mistake
          • Neglecting personal care
          • Does not fear pain or self-harm
          • Experiencing persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to routine treatment and feels tired or exhausted all of the time
          • Someone who is by contrast suddenly acting happier, calmer
          • Suffering a recent, significant loss such as the death of a parent or friend

           

          If someone you know is planning to take his or her life, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255).

           

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