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Parent Guide for Teen Depression

  • Dealing with suicidal thoughts
  • There is ALWAYS another solution, even if you can't see it
  • Depression can cause you to have thoughts of hurting yourself - Please get HELP first
  • If your feelings are uncontrollable tell yourself to wait 24 hours before you take action
  • Talk to someone you trust (parent, counselor, friend, doctor, etc.)
  • If you're afraid you can't control yourself, make sure you are NEVER alone
  • Don't isolate yourself
24 Hour Hotline Numbers
24 Hour Teen Contact: 713-529-TEEN
Espanol: 713-526-8088
Nat'l Suicide Prevention: (800) 273-Talk (8255)
Nine's Hot Line (800) 999-9999
Warning Signs:                           
  • Change in sleeping or eating habits
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Alcohol or drug usage (or increased usage)
  • Unusual neglect of personal appearance
  • Visual personalty change
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Giving away personal/prized items
  • Recurrent complaints about physical/emotional state
  • Uninterested in praise or rewards
Suicide Warning Signs:
  • Talk about suicide or death in general
  • Talk about going away
  • Talk about feeling hopeless
  • Stay away from friends and/or family
  • Lose the desire to take pare in favorite activities
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Experience changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Self destructive behavior (alcohol, drugs, fast driving)
What can parents do? 
  • Watch and listen carefully 
  • Talk openly and freely
  • Ask questions
  • Be aware of any signs of bizarre thoughts
  • Get Help: 800 SUICIDE
  • NEVER leave a child alone when they are suicidal