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Learn More About Youth Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a public health problem affecting people of all ages, but it seems especially tragic when it takes the life of a young person. The information provided here is not a substitute for getting advice from your doctor. It is intended only as an introduction to suicide prevention.
For more information about suicide, please visit the resource section of this website. It contains links to other websites with a wealth of information about suicide prevention.
Quick Information About Youth Suicide
Suicide is complex and there is no single answer to the question of “why” someone kills themselves. We know that there are factors that put some young people at higher risk for suicide and factors that help protect or balance out those risk factors.
Know the Warning Signs
- Talking, reading, or writing about suicide/death
- Talking about feeling worthless or helpless
- Saying “I’m going to kill myself,” “I wish I was dead,” or “I shouldn’t have been born”
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving things away or returning borrowed items
- Self destructive or reckless behavior
- Significant changes in behavior
- Running away
Seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means
How to Help
- Question……Ask the Question – “Are you thinking about suicide?”
- Persuade…..Listen first; Offer hope
- Refer……….Get the person to accept help – offer support in obtaining help
- Learn more about how to help.
More Detailed Information About Youth Suicide
- The Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program offers a short on-line exploration of why some teens kill themselves. (This movie requires Flash 6.0 plug-in, and will open in a new window. If you don't have Flash 6.0, download the free plug-in from Macromedia.)
- Explore the National Suicide Prevention Strategy
- Learn more about suicide prevention basics
- Learn more about risk and protective factors
- Become a trained “gatekeeper” – ready to spot the warning signs and take action.