At a glance: Common suicide warning signs and how to get help

At a glance: Common suicide warning signs and how to get help
Modified: September 26, 2012 at 10:07 pm •  Published: September 26, 2012
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• Firearms were used in half of youth suicides in Oklahoma from 2004-07.

• Firearms are the predominant method of suicide among young males; hanging/strangulation, poisoning and firearms are the leading methods among young females.

• Depression is the leading circumstance associated with young male suicide; for young females, it's relationship problems.

• Twenty-six percent of Oklahoma youths who committed suicide from 2004-07 previously disclosed their intent.

Free and confidential hotlines for parents concerned their teen may be suicidal:

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)

• Parents Careline: 848-CARE (2273)

• (800) SUICIDE (784-2433)

For placement or greater treatment than talk therapy, call the state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department at 522-3908.

Sources: State Health Department, HeartLine Oklahoma


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