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Parent Resource Center: Suicide and Youth

Signs of Suicide

Concerns and threats of suicide are increasingly becoming the top reported concern to Safe2Tell Colorado.  Suicide of youth is a growing epidemic with more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.  

 

Youth Suicide Statistics [1]

  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. 
  • 80% teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
  • 17% of students 9-12 grade have seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months.

 

Signs & Concerns [2]

 


Signs of a suicide concern may mimic “typical teenage behaviors, so how can you know if it’s normal behavior or something more? If the signs are persisting over a period of time, several of the signs appear at the same time, and the behavior is “out of character” for the young person as you know him/her, then close attention is warranted. Take all suicide threats seriously: People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide or call suicide crisis lines are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.

 

Need help now? 

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline
or
1-844-493-TALK (8255) Colorado Crisis & Support Line
and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

 

Additional Resources:

 


References

[1] 2013 CDC WISQARS

[2] The Jason Foundation