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Teen suicide: What parents and caregivers need to know

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-- Talking or writing about suicide -- for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," or "I won't be a problem for you much longer"

-- Withdrawing from social contact

-- Having mood swings

-- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs

-- Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation

-- Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns


-- Doing risky or self-destructive things

-- Giving away belongings when there is no other logical explanation for why this is being done

-- Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above

What should I do if I suspect my teen is suicidal?


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