Help Stop Teen Suicide

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Signs

Extreme personality changes.

Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.

Significant loss or gain of appitite.

Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or wanting to sleep all day.

Fatigue or loss of energy.

Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilt.

Withdrawl form family and friends and regular activities.

Neglect of personal appearance or hygiene.

Sadness, irritability, or indifference.

Having trouble concentrating.

Extreme anxiety or panic.

Drug or alcohol use or abuse.

Agrressive, destructive, or defiant behaviour.

Poor school performance.

Hallucinations or unusual beliefs.

Running away.

Teenage pregnancy.

Fail to live up to their own or someone else's standards.

Persistant boredom, restlessness.

Frequent complaints about physical symproms, often related to emotions, such as stomaches, headaches.

Not tolerating praise or awards.

Complain of being a bad person or feeling rotten inside.

Give verbal hints with statements such as: "I won't be a problem for you much longer", "Nothing matters", "It's no use", "I won't see you again" and "I'd be better off dead".

Give away favourite possessions, clean their room, throw away important belongings.

 Have trouble with girl/boyfriend or parents.

Write notes or about death.

Talk about suicide, say things like "I can't take it anymore" or "Nobody cares about me".

Facts about teen suicide

Spring and fall are the months of highest risk.

Suicide and attempted suicide has increased 300% in the last 30 years.

Teen/youth suicide rates have tripled since 1970.

9 out of 10 suicides take place at home.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in Canada and third leading in the U.S.

For every completed suicide there is atleast 50 to 100 attempts.

70% of suicides occur between the hours of 3 pm to midnight.

Males complete suicide 4 times more often than females.

Females account for 75% of the attempted suicides.

Approximately one-third of teens who die by suicide have made a previous suicide attempt.

An estimated 80% of all those who commit suicide give some warning of their intentions or mention their feelings to a friend or family member.

For every 2 homicides in the U.S. there are at least 3 suicides.

In Ontario,about 250,000 or 15% of all young adults aged 15-24 had suicidal thoughts that year.

Depression causes 75-90% of suicides among young people. Depression can be treated 80% of kids suffer in silence.

Every hour and 45 mintues another young person commits suicide.

The ratio of male to female suicides is four to one.

60% said they had thought about suicide, about 9% said they have tried at least once.

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