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What are the warning signs of suicide risk in children?

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Warning signs include:                                                

  • Many depressive symptoms (changes in eating, sleeping, activities, or restlessness/agitation)
  • Social isolation
  • Talk of suicide, hopelessness, or helplessness
  • Acting out in problematic ways
  • Taking more risks
  • Frequent accidents
  • Substance abuse
  • Focus on morbid and negative themes
  • Talk about death and dying
  • Crying more or becoming less emotionally expressive
  • Giving away possessions

SOURCE:

National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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