Young people face many issues in life that can cause them to become confused and frustrated. Young people look for answers to their issues in a variety of ways. Some of these ways are healthy and some are self-destructive. Suicide for some young people is seen as an answer to their seemingly invisible problems. Suicide is not usually the result of one event but the result of a series of extremely frustrating events.

Some causes of suicide maybe:

  • Substance-abuse
  • The break-up of the family
  • Depression
  • Feelings of insecurity
  • Illness or recent loss of a loved one
  • Broken love affair
  • Economic issue at home

Some behavioral clues that your child may display are:

  • Eating problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Decrease in self care
  • Emotional behavior (sudden ups and downs)
  • Getting personal things in orders
  • Giving away personal belongings

These are just a few of the warning signs that your child might display if they are suicidal. Do not hesitate to get involved in your child’s life. A good listener is sometimes the best parenting skill. Don’t try to be an amateur psychologist and solve the problem. Get your child help. If you don’t know where to turn call Community Mental Health at (616) 794-6592 or (616) 527-1790 (emergency phone number).