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Suicide Threat

Teens in Treatment Terms


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Definition: A suicide threat is defined as a verbal, written or physical communication that suggests a teen intends to take steps to end their life, but hasn’t yet taken this action. A teen who has previously threatened or attempted suicide is at even higher risk to follow through with this threat. 

A clear example of a suicide threat is a teen holding a gun to their head or threatening to ingest a handful of pills.

Examples of verbal suicide threats include statements such as:

  • “I want to end this suffering.”
  • “I’d be better off dead.”
  • “The world would be a better place without me.”
  • “No one would miss me if I was gone.”

Any suicide threat made by a teen needs to be taken seriously and action taken to ensure their safety.  

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