Suicide risk in children and teens: Signs and symptoms

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​Learn about the range of signs that a child might be at risk of attempting suicide.

Key points

  • Someone who may be considering suicide usually displays a range of behavioural and emotional signs.
  • Behavioural signs include talking about suicide, dramatic changes in sleep habits, withdrawal from friends, family and enjoyable activities and difficulties in school.
  • Emotional signs include feeling worthless and hopeless and experiencing mood changes.
  • If you notice that your child or teen might have difficulties with their emotions, talk to them about it and, if necessary, take steps to protect them.
Last updated: February 11th 2016