What to Do?
Sometimes life just seems too difficult. It is not unusual for people to have passing thoughts of suicide, especially after a traumatic event or loss of a loved one. It usually doesn't mean they really want to end their lives as much as they just want to end the emotional pain.
However, if you have recurring thoughts of death, and especially if you are thinking about a definite plan to end your life, it is very important to get help by talking with a health care professional. You can talk to a school counselor or psychologist, as well as your doctor, especially if you feel you cannot talk with your parents.
Teenagers are often prone to impulsive behavior; therefore, it is important to get help before feelings of helplessness cause social withdrawal. Suicide is reported to be the third leading cause of death among people 15 to 25 years of age and is increasing. The leading cause of suicide is untreated depression. Here are the signs and symptoms to look for in yourself and others.
Signs and Symptoms of Depression
- Persistently sad mood
- Feeling hopeless, helpless or worthless
- Increased anger, fighting and self-destructive behavior
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Social withdrawal
- Excessive or uncontrollable crying
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Preoccupation with thoughts of death
Suicide and Crisis Hotlines
San Mateo County
North County: 650-579-0350
South County: 650-368-6655
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
National Alliance on Mental Illness