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sign of suicidal behavior

12/10/2011 13:50


  • Suicide is not chosen; it happens
    when pain exceeds
    resources for coping with pain.

  • Suicide rate in young people is increasing.

  • Suicide is uncommon in children under the age of 10.

  • There are many more attempted suicides than completed suicides.

  • Between 60 - 80% of youth have sought help within the previous month before the suicide.

  • There is an increased risk if the youth has a previous history of attempted suicide.

  • Many competed suicides are well planned.

  • Risk Factors:

  • Problems with school or the law.

  • Break-up of romance.

  • Unexpected pregnancy.

  • A stressful family life (having parents who are depressed or are substance abusers, or a family history of suicide)

  • Loss of security…fear of authority, peers, group or gang members.

  • Stress due to new situations; college or relocating to a new community.

  • Failing in school or failing to pass an important test.

  • Seriously injuring another person or causing another person’s death (example automobile accident.)

  • Major loss of a loved one, divorce in the family, a trauma.

  • Warning Signs:

  • Abrupt changes in personality.

  • Giving away possessions.

  • Previous suicide attempt.

  • Use of drugs and/or alcohol.

  • Change in eating pattern.

  • Significant weight change.

  • Insomnia/oversleeping.

  • Unwillingness/inability to communicate.

  • Depression.

  • Extreme or extended boredom.

  • Accident prone (carelessness).

  • Unusual sadness, loneliness, talk of wanting to die.

  • Neglect of work/appearance.

  • Rebelliousness.

  • Reckless behaviour.

  • Chronic pain, panic or anxiety.

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