What are the warning signs of youth suicide?
If you are concerned about your child, ask yourself the following questions. Has your son or daughter shown or shared any of the following:
- Talk about wanting to die, be dead, or about suicide, or are they cutting or burning themselves?
- Feeling like things may never get better, seeming like they are in terrible emotional pain (like something is wrong deep inside but they can’t make it go away), or they are struggling to deal with a big loss in their life?
- Or is your gut telling you to be worried because they have withdrawn from everyone and everything, have become more anxious or on edge, seem unusually angry, or just don’t seem normal to you?
(Youth Suicide Warning Signs: www.youthsuicidewarningsigns.org/healthcare-professionals)
Suicide Prevention Resources
- Need someone to talk to: Text TALK to 38255
- Colorado Crisis Services hotline: 1-844-493-8255
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Contact information for local Crisis Services and Non-Crisis Options for those in need of behavioral health supports. El Paso County Resources
- Tips to identify contributing factors and identify warning signs of youth suicide for families. El Paso County Resource
- How to talk to a Suicide Loss Survivor. AFSP Resource
- Talking to kids about suicide. Children's Hospital Resource
- Heartbeat: a local community survivors support group. https://www.heartbeatsurvivorsaftersuicide.org/