Teens and suicide, reading the signs and taking them seriously
- Ask open and direct questions without showing shock or judgment. Asking direct questions will not push the person to commit suicide, it will relieve them of the burden.
- Don’t keep it a secret, get help: Even if the suicidal person asks you to keep their secret, the best way to show your love and prevent an attempt is to get help from a school councilor, doctor, family member or an Emergency Room.
- Saying that they want to commit suicide directly or indirectly (such as “Soon, you won’t have to worry about me anymore”).
- Developing a suicide plan, rehearsing, setting a time for the attempt.
- Self-inflicted injuries such as cuts, burns, or head banging.
- Reckless behavior.
- Making a will.
- Giving away or destroying cherished possessions.
- Cutting off social contact.
“Suicidal teenagers rarely confide in their parents” says Dr. Samy, “they do however need to feel that their parents are willing to give love and support no matter what”.
At The Montreal Children’s Hospital, a crisis intervention team works in the Emergency Room to help children and teens who are in crisis to recover. They are there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.