12 Warning Signs of Suicidal Thinking in Teens

According to the CDC’s 2018 Vital Signs about Suicide, 54% of people who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. 😮

It’s dangerous to assume that just because someone is not in counseling, or diagnosed with a mental health condition, that they can’t experience suicidal thinking.

Here are 12 warning signs of suicidal thinking in teens:

  1. Feeling like a burden

  2. Being isolated

  3. Increased anxiety

  4. Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

  5. Increased substance use

  6. Looking for a way to access lethal means

  7. Increased anger or rage

  8. Extreme mood swings

  9. Expressing hopelessness

  10. Sleeping too little or too much

  11. Talking or posting about wanting to die

  12. Making plans for suicide

If you are considering killing yourself, or experiencing thoughts or urges to complete suicide, there is help! Talking helps.

  • CRISIS TEXT LINE: text anything to 741741


  • TREVOR PROJECT LIFELINE (LGBTQ+ youth): call 1-866-488-7386

  • DEPRESSION HOPELINE: call 1-800-784-2433

  • NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE: call 1-800-656-4673

  • SUBSTANCE ABUSE HELPLINE: call 1-800-662-4357

  • DOMESTIC ABUSE HOTLINE: call 1-800-799-7233

  • OPTION LINE (pregnancy, abortion, and post-abortion): text "HELPLINE" to 313131

With Love,


Want to connect with other teens who “get it”? Teen Girls Therapy Group is a weekly space where your teen girl can connect with others dealing with anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem. By talking and learning together, they learn to feel better about the relationships they have with themselves and others.

Apply for a spot now by calling 203-228-8971 or completing this form.

Mallory Grimste, LCSW - Teen Therapist

Mental Health Counseling for Anxious Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults | Woodbridge, CT