Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol abuse, or a behavior problem
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) youth
Family history of suicide
Stressful life event or loss
Easy access to lethal methods
Restrict teens' access to alcohol, prescription medications, and firearms: keep them safely locked up.
Be direct with your teens. Ask them if they ever have felt so badly that they wish they were not around any longer. Research shows that asking them about depression or suicide does not make them more likely to hurt themselves.
Tell your teens that if a friend has talked about suicide– to tell an adult right away– even if the friend says not to!
Take all suicide attempts seriously. Every action, including superficial cutting or ingestion of a few extra pills, must be taken seriously because a child or adolescent might believe that the action could have caused death.
Get help right away. Start with your teen's doctor. Or, if it is an emergency, call 911, a suicide hotline or go to a crisis center.