Youth Suicide WARNING SIGNS Suicide Threats: If someone says . . . I would be better off dead. Nobody would miss me if I were dead. My family/friends would be better off if I were not here. Previous suicide attempts Four out of five completed suicides are NOT the first attempt. Physical mutilation is a sign of wanting to hurt oneself . . . That can result in suicide. Even if the attempt seems to be “only for attention,” take it as a serious attempt. Sudden changes in behavior A quiet person becomes very loud and obvious. A loud person becomes very quiet and reserved. A gentle person becomes aggressive and angers easily. An out-going person suddenly becomes withdrawn. Changes in grades or class attendance. Depression Feeling the “blues” for long periods of time. Feelings of being alone or of no one caring. Sleeplessness or wanting to sleep an abnormal amount of time. Eating disorders – eating too much or not enough. Final arrangements Giving away “prized” prized possessions: CD collection/I-pod Favorite jacket/clothing Driver’s license Others – jewelry, personal items, etc. Actually making funeral plans . . . Sending notes to friends, asking them to “take care” of something if they are not around anymore. LIFE L – LISTEN I – INSIST ON HONESTY F – FEELINGS E – ENTEND A HELPING HAND SUICIDE IS FOREVER! IT IS A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM. Pretend you are an advice columnist for a teen magazine. You have received a letter from a desperate teen contemplating hurting himself/herself. Write your response. Must be AT LEAST ONE PAGE!
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