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What should I do if a teen threatens suicide?

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Even if they seem to have the "perfect life" on the outside, it's impossible to know what's going on with them. Take any suicidal thought or suicide threat seriously -- even if you have doubts about how serious they are -- and contact a mental health care professional.

Many suicide hotlines provide anonymous assistance, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

From: Preventing Teen Suicide WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Mash, Eric J., Wolfe, David A., Second Ed., Wadsworth Learning, Belmont, Calif., 2001. Fieve, Ronald R, Rodale, New York, 2006. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Facts for Families: Teen Suicide." National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: ''Suicide at a Glance.'' Suicide Prevention Resource Center: "Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide." National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: "Facts and Figures." Abnormal Child Psychopathology.Bipolar II,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

SOURCES: Mash, Eric J., Wolfe, David A., Second Ed., Wadsworth Learning, Belmont, Calif., 2001. Fieve, Ronald R, Rodale, New York, 2006. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: "Facts for Families: Teen Suicide." National Center for Injury Prevention and Control: ''Suicide at a Glance.'' Suicide Prevention Resource Center: "Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide." National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: "Facts and Figures." Abnormal Child Psychopathology.Bipolar II,

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on February 12, 2019

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