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Depression

08 September 2011

Youngsters at high risk of suicide

Although it is often said that the teen and college years should be the best time in a person's life, the risk of suicide is high among these young people, an expert warns.

Although it is often said that the teen and college years should be the best time in a person's life, the risk of suicide is high among these young people, an expert warns.

Another falsehood is that these at-risk teens and young adults are weak or selfish, noted Dasey-Morales. "The reality is that most people who are thinking about hurting themselves feel like others would be better off without them or that somehow there isn't a way out for them, and so part of helping them is to instil hope," she said.

  • Withdrawal from friends and usual activities
  • Mood swings
  • Plotting to hurt oneself
  • Abusing alcohol and other drugs
  • Expressing the wish to die or escape
  • Impulsivity

 

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