Warning signs that a teen is in danger for suicide

Source: BostonGlobe.com
By Jan Brogan


Dr. Barry N. Feldman, director of psychiatric programs in public safety at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an educator in suicide risk and prevention at high schools across the state, uses the acronym FACTS as a tool to outline the warning signs for teenage suicide.

F — Feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, worthlessness, badness, fears of losing control and harming oneself, sadness, anger, anxiety, self-loathing.

A — Actions of drug or alcohol abuse, talking or writing about death and destruction, getting into fights, or doing dangerous things.

C — Changes in personality: acting like a different person, being withdrawn and tired, not caring about anything; becoming more talkative or outgoing, or dramatic mood changes. Changes in school participation and performance. Change in sleeping patterns, appearance, or eating habits. Sudden improvement after being down can mean the youth has made a decision to solve his problem by taking his life.

T — Threats: Overt statements like “I wish I could die,” or covert statements, such as giving away favorite possessions, stashing pills, or painting a picture of dying.

S — Situations: Getting into trouble at school, at home, in relationships, or with the law.

If you or a friend experience suicidal symptoms you can call Suicide and Crisis Hotline 408-279-3312 or  Crisis Hotline  855-278-4204. 

If you want to seek immediate attention come to Adolescent Counseling Services, 1717 Embarcadero Rd, Ste 4000, Palo Alto, CA 94303 or call 650.424.0852 ext 104


One Response to “Warning signs that a teen is in danger for suicide”

  1. You need to be a part of a contest for one of the greatest
    blogs on the web. I will highly recommend this site!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: