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Catching Suicidal Behavior in Teens: Symptoms and Preventative Tips for Parents

Catching Suicidal Behavior in Teens: Symptoms and Preventative Tips for Parents

No parent wants to see their teen suffer. When teens are feeling so down about themselves that they consider suicide, it’s definitely something any parent would want to know. That’s why it’s important to catch signs of suicidal behavior in teens before they lead to something even worse.   

Early Signs of Suicidal Behavior in Teens

If your find your teen is:

  • Deeply hurt and upset at the death of a close family member or close friend, specially if they have committed suicide.
  • Constantly making negative comments about their life 
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  • Isolating themselves
  • Giving away their prized possessions
  • Showing lack of interest in any kind of social activities
  • Any change in their appetite, eating less or more than usual
  • Any changes in their sleeping patterns such as sleeping less or more than usual
  • Showing less concern for dressing themselves and personal hygiene.
  • Less interested in sports or hobbies
  • Threatening to kill themselves

If you find any of the aforementioned signs , this should raise a red flag that requires your utmost attention.

Preventing suicidal behavior in teens

Parents who believe their teen is at risk of suicide should:

  • Take any kind of threat, no matter how frequent it is, extremely seriously. Threats are quite attention grabbing behaviors. But contrary to the the normal response of; ‘my kid is just looking for attention, I should just ignore them,’ you should respond to these threats appropriately each time they are made. Never ignore them.You never know if this one threat is the one time your teen is serious.
  • If you think that they are having any suicidal thoughts, just ask them. Staying silent does not help at all.
  • Communicate with your teen, and do not wait for them to be in a good mood to talk
  • Sharpen your listening skills. Listen to what your teen has to say. Instead of making quick judgments about them, ask them specifically what they are feeling.
  • Seek professional help or a group of people going though the same issues you are. There, you can find the help and support you need to help your teen.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center, a teen mental health hospital for teens ages 6-17 struggling with mental and behavioral issues, helps struggling teens find success. For more information about ViewPoint Center, call today at 801-825-5222.

 

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