Each year about four hundred thousand teens try to kill themselves. Many people who talk of killing themselves or actually attempt suicide are trying to get someone to notice how unhappy they are. Teens who talk about suicide need to be taken seriously, so that they know others care about them. Suicide warnings include talking about suicide frequently, saying no one would miss them if they were gone, talking frequently about death, or giving personal belongings away. If a teen's behavior includes any of these warnings, get help immediately. Do not ignore them, as these actions can be signs of severe depression. If a teen feels suicidal, have him or her talk to a counselor. Most cities have suicide prevention centers and crisis hotlines that can be found in the phone book. It is important for a suicidal teen to find someone to talk to and to realize that frustrations are a normal part of growing up. For more information about suicide warnings contact a counseling professional.
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