Although there is not a definitive profile for a suicidal teenager, the statistics on youth suicide do suggest that there is a pattern of behavior among adolescents that experience suicidal thoughts.
- Suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death for ages 15-24 and fourth for ages 10-14.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college-aged youth.
- In the past 40 years, youth suicide rates have almost tripled. Between 1980 and 1996, suicide rates for ages 10 to 14 increased by over 100%.
- More teenagers and young adults have died of suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia and influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.
Some warning signs of adolescents that might display suicidal tendencies:
- Talking about suicide
- Obsession with death
- Out of character behavior
- Giving prized possessions away
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- State of Florida
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