The warning signs of teen suicide

Three teens took their own lives in Ottawa and Muskegon counties

Christy Buck, the executive director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, discusses the warning signs of teen suicide. (March 31, 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After the suicides of three teens in West Michigan within the last month, parents may want speak to their children about the topic.

Two female students at Montague High School in Muskegon County — a sophomore and a freshman — committed suicide within the last three weeks. And in Ottawa County, a 13-year-old girl took her own life last week.

That comes after an uptick in suicides in Ottawa County last year, when two 15-years-olds and two 14-year-olds ended their own lives.

Christy Buck, the executive direct of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, said suicide is nearly always preceded by depression.

She said a stressful situation like a breakup, failing a class, their parents’ divorce or bullying, teens may “trigger feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness” because the problem seems too big to deal with.

She said the warning signs of suicide in teens often include anger and frustration for boys and sadness and guilt in girls. She said teens may also isolate themselves, be secretive or take risks.

Above, Buck discusses ways to approach teens if you are concerned about their mental health and some of the resources available in West Michigan.

tips to talk about concerns of suicide

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 800.273.8255 or chat with someone from the lifeline its website.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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