Suicidal Thoughts

Did you know?
• Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people.
• Boys successfully complete suicide more often than girls, but girls have more attempts.
• 1 in 6 high school students experiences thoughts of suicide.
• 1 in 11 has made a suicide attempt in the last 12 months.

Signs of Suicide
If a young person has been depressed, look closely for signs that he or she might be considering suicide:
• Dramatic personality change
• Problems with relationships
• Deterioration of schoolwork
• Problems concentrating or focusing
• Acting in a rebellious manner or engaging in more risky behavior
• Stressful life events such as interpersonal losses, legal or disciplinary crisis or changes for which the teen feels unprepared to cope
• Running away from home
• Abusing drugs and/or alcohol
• Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
• Changes in appearance
• Giving away prized possessions
• Writing notes or poems about death
• Talking about suicide, even in a joking manner
• Previous suicide attempts
• If you suspect that a teen-ager might be thinking about suicide, do not remain silent. Never agree to keep that information secret. Suicide is preventable, but you must act quickly.

What to do
• Ask questions. Don't be afraid to say the word "suicide." Getting the word out in the open may help the student think someone has heard their cries for help.
• Ensure that.the student is never left alone.
• Reassure student that you care and remind him/her that no matter how difficult the problems seem, they can be worked out, and you are willing to help.
• Ask student to talk about her feelings. Listen carefully and do not judge or dismiss the student's problems or get angry.
• Take the student to the Student Support Services person on your campus (school counselor, intervention specialist or LSSP). In accordance with the FWISD Safety Management Procedures Manual, this individual will conduct a suicide risk assessment and take action based on level of risk. Parent or guardian will be contacted. If you have a relationship with that person, please make yourself available to Student Support Services personnel.

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-273-TALK( 8255)
MHMR of Tarrant County 24 hr hotline: 817-335-3022 or 1-800-866-2465

SOURCE: FORT WORTH ISD “IT’S NOT OKAY” PROGRAM – SUICIDE http://www.fwisd.org/Page/2163