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Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously.  Do everything in your power to get a suicidal person the help the person needs: call a crisis line for advice and referrals, encourage the person to see a mental health professional, help locate a treatment facility, or take them to a doctor's appointment.  According to CASP (The California Association of School Psychologists) the possible symptoms of at-risk youth for suicide include:

§ An indication that there have been previous attempts at suicide.

§ Plans or attempts to secure a means for suicide.

§ Thinking or talking about suicide.

§ Scratching, cutting or marking the body.

§ Risk-taking behavior, such as running into traffic, jumping from heights, running away or general and unusual rebelliousness.

§ Withdrawal from friends, and family and regular activities.

§ Drug and alcohol use.

§ Unusual neglect of personal appearance.

§ Marked personality change.

§ Persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork.

§ Frequent complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions, such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.

§ Loss of interest in pleasurable activities.

§ Not tolerating praise or rewards.

A teenager who is planning to commit suicide may also:

§ Complain of being "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."

§ Put their affairs in order -- for example, give away favorite possessions, clean their room, throw away important belongings, etc.

§ Become suddenly cheerful after a period of depression.


If you are feeling suicidal right now of if you are concerned about someone, please call for help!  

Contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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