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Parent Resource Center: Suicide and Youth

Signs of Suicide

Concerns and threats of suicide are increasingly becoming the top reported concern to Safe2Tell Colorado.  Suicide of youth is a growing epidemic with more teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.  


Youth Suicide Statistics [1]

  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. 
  • 80% teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.
  • 17% of students 9-12 grade have seriously considered attempting suicide in the previous 12 months.


Signs & Concerns [2]


Signs of a suicide concern may mimic “typical teenage behaviors, so how can you know if it’s normal behavior or something more? If the signs are persisting over a period of time, several of the signs appear at the same time, and the behavior is “out of character” for the young person as you know him/her, then close attention is warranted. Take all suicide threats seriously: People who talk about suicide, threaten suicide or call suicide crisis lines are 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves.


What teenagers want parents to know


Need help now? 

Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-844-493-TALK (8255) Colorado Crisis & Support Line or text TALK to 38255 and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.


Additional Resources:



[1] 2013 CDC WISQARS

[2] The Jason Foundation