Most teens who think about suicide don't want to die. They think suicide will solve their problems and end their pain. People who consider suicide often feel hopeless, helpless, and worthless. These ideas can make a person feel that there is no other choice.
Anytime your child talks about suicide or about wanting to die or disappear, even in a joking manner, take him or her seriously. Don't be afraid to talk to him or her about it. When you know what your child is thinking, you may be able to help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Talk to a counsellor or doctor if your child has any of the following problems for 2 or more weeks.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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