- Suicide rate in young people is increasing.
- Suicide is uncommon in children under the age of 10.
- There are many more attempted suicides than completed suicides.
- Between 60 – 80% of youth have sought help within the previous month before the suicide.
- There is an increased risk if the youth has a previous history of attempted suicide.
- Many competed suicides are well planned.
- Problems with school or the law.
- Break-up of romance.
- Unexpected pregnancy.
- A stressful family life (having parents who are depressed or are substance abusers, or a family history of suicide)
- Loss of security…fear of authority, peers, group or gang members.
- Stress due to new situations; college or relocating to a new community.
- Failing in school or failing to pass an important test.
- Seriously injuring another person or causing another person’s death (example automobile accident.)
- Major loss of a loved one, divorce in the family, a trauma.
- Abrupt changes in personality.
- Giving away possessions.
- Previous suicide attempt.
- Use of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Change in eating pattern.
- Significant weight change.
- Unwillingness/inability to communicate.
- Extreme or extended boredom.
- Accident prone (carelessness).
- Unusual sadness, loneliness, talk of wanting to die.
- Neglect of work/appearance.
- Reckless behaviour.
- Chronic pain, panic or anxiety
Call The Kids’ Help Phone:
1-800-668-6868 (24 hours)
24hr Distress Line:
“Silence Kills. Talk to your teens about suicide prevention.”