Depression In Young Adults

Each year, thousands of young people, ages 15 to 24 kill themselves. The rate of suicide for this age group has nearly tripled since 1960, making it the third leading cause of death in adolescents and the second leading cause of death among college-age youth.

Studies show that suicide attempts among young people may be based on long-standing problems triggered by a specific event. Suicidal adolescents may view a temporary situation as a permanent condition. Feelings of anger and resentment combined with exaggerated guilt can lead to impulsive, self-destructive acts.

 

Studies show that suicide attempts among young people may be based on long-standing problems triggered by a specific event.

Four out of five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warnings. Pay attention to these warning signs:

  • Suicide threats, direct and indirect
  • Obsession with death
  • Poems, essays, and drawings that refer to death
  • Giving away belongings
  • Dramatic change in personality or appearance
  • Irrational, bizarre behavior
  • Overwhelming sense of guilt, shame or rejection
  • Changed eating or sleeping patterns
  • Severe drop in school performance

It’s okay to ask for help. Speak to a trusted adult or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255, Available 24 hours everyday.

Oursociety911 staff,

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