Several factors increase the risk that a teenager will attemptsuicide:
Depression or feelings of loneliness or helplessness
lcohol or drug addiction
family history of abuse, suicide, or violence
revious suicide attempts; almost half of teens who commit suicide had attemptedsuicide previously.
recent loss such as a death, break-up, or parents¶ divorce Illness or disability
Stress over school, relationships, performance expectations, etc.
Fear of ridicule for getting help for problems
Being bullied or being a bully
Exposure to other teens committing suicide, such as at school or in the media
ccess to firearms or other lethal objects
belief that suicide is noble
90 percent of people who attempt or commit suicide suffer from a mental illness, such as:
Depression, which causes a teen to feel sad, lonely, withdrawn, and unable toaccomplish simple tasks.
Bipolar disorder, where a teen alternates between periods of depression and mania,characterized by exuberance, insomnia, irritability, and inability to concentrate.
Schizophrenia, a complicated condition where a teen has hallucinations or distortedperceptions of reality.
lcoholism or drug addiction, especially when combined with another mental healthdisorder; 20 to 50 percent of suicide attempts are related to drug or alcohol use.
Research tells us that individuals have significantly increased suicide risks in the week followinghospitalization (102 times higher for men and 246 times higher for women). Individuals withaffective disorders have a risk of suicide significantly higher throughout their hospitalization andupon release. Individuals whose lengths of stay were shorter than the median were significantlymore likely to commit suicide. (2005)
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Center for Disease Control, National Center for Injury
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