How to Help a Teen Who’s Talking about Suicide

Have you ever needed to know how to help a teen who’s talking about suicide? Should you just ignore the talk, or should you take the teen seriously? According to Metanoia.org,

Myth: The people who talk about it don’t do it. Studies have found that more than 75% of all completed suicides did things in the few weeks or months prior to their deaths to indicate to others that they were in deep despair. Anyone expressing suicidal feelings needs immediate attention.

Myth: Anyone who tries to kill himself has got to be crazy. Perhaps 10% of all suicidal people are psychotic or have delusional beliefs about reality. Most suicidal people suffer from the recognized mental illness of depression; but many depressed people adequately manage their daily affairs. The absence of craziness does not mean the absence of suicide risk.

Those problems weren’t enough to commit suicide over, is often said by people who knew a completed suicide. You cannot assume that because you feel something is not worth being suicidal about, that the person you are with feels the same way. It is not how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting the person who has it.

If this got your attention, and especially if you know a teen who’s talking about suicide, watch Howcast’s great, short  but informative video below.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK or 273-8255

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