According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 'Suicides among young people nationwide have increased dramatically in recent years. Each year in the U.S. thousands of teenagers commit suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15-to-24 year olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-to-14 year olds.'

There are often warning signs that someone may be thinking about suicide. Following are some of them:

  • talking about suicide or death
  • talking about 'going away'
  • talking about things they 'won’t be needing'
  • giving away things they own
  • talking about feeling guilty
  • talking about feeling hopeless
  • not spending time with friends or family
  • not wanting to take part in favorite things or activities
  • not wanting to go out
  • having trouble concentrating or thinking clearly
  • having changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • having unsafe behaviors (these might include drinking alcohol, taking drugs, or cutting on themselves)

If you see these symptoms in your child, or in a young person you know, call for help at: 1- 800- SUICIDE.