• Giving away personal items to friends or family members
  • Hopelessness
  • Self-harm / Cutting / Mutilation
  • Grades dropping in school (not always the case)
  • Excessive risk-taking behavior
  • Talking about death / What if…
  • Planning their funeral
  • Giving or talking about giving possessions away to friends and family
  • Moodiness
  • Fits of anger or aggression
  • Increase in anxiety
  • Blocking the school or friends’ phone numbers from parents’ phone
  • Future suicide notes hidden in their room or around the house
  • Isolation
  • Change in behavior of fear of being alone or wanting to be alone
  • Obsession with death – via web, songs, journals, and or books
  • Talking about suicide / acting it out
  • Searching internet on ways to die

Note: If a teen is displaying any of these signs or symptoms, it does not automatically mean they are depressed or thinking about suicide. However, awareness and education is key so if these signs and symptoms are present, please reach out to your teen. Monitor teen closely for new suicidal thoughts / ideations after starting a new medication to treat depression and/or other mental illness.