• 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

      • Saying good-byes. Perhaps thanking friends for “being a good friend” and telling them they are going away and will miss them.
      • Direct statements about wanting to die or kill themselves (e.g., “I want to die” or “I am thinking about suicide.”)
      • Looking for ways to kill themselves. They could be looking up methods on the internet or trying to obtain a gun, pills, or other means.
      • Talking about being a burden on others.  (e.g., “Everybody would be better off without me.”)
      • Talking about being in unbearable pain, such as saying, “I can’t take this anymore!”
      • Talking about feeling trapped or that there is no way out of a situation.
      • Talking about feeling humiliated or too embarrassed to face others after being dishonored or disgraced in some way.
      • Giving away prized possessions
      • Sudden and extreme changes in mood or 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).
      • Increased use of drugs / alcohol
      • Hopelessness. Expressing things will never get better or that they cannot go on or that their life is over.
      • Taking unnecessary risks or putting themselves in danger, such as driving recklessly or darting in front of traffic.
      • Prior attempt. This is one risk factor that can actually predict a future suicide attempt.
      • Having high levels of anxiety or agitation. 
      • Showing serious signs of depression, such as insomnia, drop in grades, isolation, losing interest in things they once enjoyed or not feeling pleasure (or feeling numb or empty inside).
      • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge for being rejected or victimized.  They may believe this is happening even though others may not see this going on.
  • 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. 

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  • 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.