Warning Signs

October 31, 1984 1 min read

Experts advise that parents and teachers watch for a number of suicide warning signals in adolescents. These include:

Changes in eating or sleeping habits.

Increasing isolation from friends and family.

A tendency to become more active and aggressive than usual, unlike suicidal adults, who tend to become apathetic when severely depressed.

A drop in academic achievement.

Giving away a valued possession, or an increased interest in getting his or her “life in order.”

Talking about suicide.

A sudden and intense interest in religious beliefs and the afterlife.

A recent loss, such as a divorce or death in the family, or a close friend moving away.

A version of this article appeared in the October 31, 1984 edition of Education Week as Warning Signs