• Depression / Suicide

    It is important to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Studies suggest that 80 percent of people who die from suicide give warning signs. The Surviving the Teens / Suicide Prevention Program provides a list of warning sides for potential suicide.

    Warning Signs of Suicide

    • Putting life in order. This may be as simple as writing an obituary, settling debts or differences with others, cleaning out a room or locker.
    • Saying good-byes. Perhaps thanking friends for “being a good friend” and telling them they will be missed.
    • Direct statements about wanting to die (e.g., “I want to die”)
    • Vague statements (e.g., “Nobody cares about me,” “Life sucks, I can’t take it anymore,” “I’m through with it.”)
    • Giving away possessions
    • Sudden change in behavior. This can be a sudden positive or negative change (i.e., all of a sudden appearing happy or calm after a prolonged period of depression or being upset). Also, suddenly not caring about things they would normally care about or taking risks they normally would not take.
    • Increased use of drugs / alcohol
    • Hopelessness. Expressing there is no way out of a situation, that he  cannot go on or that her life is over.
    • Prior attempt. This is one risk factor that can actually predict a future suicide attempt. One out of five people who attempt will go on to complete suicide.
    • Death themes in art or written work (i.e., drawing morbid pictures or writing stories, music or poetry about death, pain or being preoccupied about death)
  • Changes in Behavior, Appearance, Grades Must Not Be Ignored

    Friends, parents and family members must take action when they see the warning signs of depression. 

    Read more
  • Watch Video Interviews

    Watch video interviews of parents and teenagers (below) in the Surviving the Teens program who share their experiences with depression and suicide on CET Connect.

    Debbie Brown, a mother who lost her son to suicide, talks about signs of depression.

    Kathy Winter, a mother, explains how parents can find the words to talk to their children about this issue.

    Luke talks about his struggle with depression, his treatment and how he is rebuilding his life.

    Sara shares her story and tells us how music and positive thinking helped her work her way back to a more positive place in life.

    Max shares his advice for other teens experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts.