Suicide Warning Signs

Not every youth shows signs that they may be resorting to suicide but here are some clear warning signs.

Warning Signs of suicidal ideation include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Acting out
  • A deepening depression
  • Always discussing death
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Out of character behavior
  • Talking or joking about suicide
  • Giving prized possessions away
  • Visiting or calling people one cares about
  • A loss of interest in the things one cares about
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • Saying good-bye to friends and family; setting one’s affairs in order
  • Obtaining weapons, pills or other equipment that they may kill themselves with

Along with these warning signs, there are certain Risk Factors that can elevate the possibility of suicidal ideation.

  • Bullied Youth
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Gay and Lesbian youth
  • Learning disabled youth
  • Youth in serious trouble
  • Youth with low self- esteem
  • Youth suffering with depression
  • Youths with perfectionist personality
  • Abused, Molested or Neglected Youth
  • Youth that is constantly choosing to be alone
  • Parental history of violence, substance abuse, or divorce

How To Help

Be aware and let others know that any child considering suicide is to be taken seriously and should get immediate help by calling the suicide hotline or contact qualified counselors.

If you need to talk or are concerned about a person you know, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If someone is in immediate danger to themselves or others, call 9-1-1 right away.

Texas Suicide Prevention provides a number of resources for those concerned about suicide, seeking treatment, or dealing with the aftermath of a suicide.

Suicide 24 Hour Hotline & Help

If you need to talk or are concerned about a person you know, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If someone is in immediate danger to themselves or others, call 9-1-1 right away.

Texas Suicide Prevention provides a number of resources for those concerned about suicide, seeking treatment, or dealing with the aftermath of a suicide.

If someone is in immediate danger to themselves or others, call 911 as soon as possible.

If you need to talk or are concerned about a person you know, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

Texas Suicide Prevention provides a number of resources for those concerned about suicide, seeking treatment, or dealing with the aftermath of a suicide.