Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 4838 Does talking about suicide encourage teens to think about suicide? The topic of suicide is already present in many teens’lives through depictions in movies, video games, books, news, and social media.Talking about suicide does not put the idea of ending one’s life in a teen’s mind. However, it is wise to avoid exposure to graphic images and messages about suicide in the media and movies, particularly in the period immediately following a loss. Is my teen at risk of becoming suicidal? It is important to remember that the vast majority of teens who experience very stressful life events do not become suicidal. Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are not the natural consequence of serious life stressors.Teens who go through extremely difficult and painful experiences may feel intense sadness, loss, anxiety, anger, or a sense of abandonment.They may have the occasional thought that they would be better off dead. But this doesn’t mean they are actively suicidal. For most teens, such events do not trigger persistent ruminations about death or a genuine desire to end their life. If they do, however, having your teen speak with a mental health professional is a reasonable next step. What can I do if my teen is thinking or talking about suicide? It is not uncommon for teens to express verbally or in writing that they want to be with the person who died, or that they want to kill themselves. A teen’s risk for suicide depends on many factors, including the full context of the teen’s life, the degree to which the teen’s usual behavior and personality have changed, and known risk factors.You can find more information about known risk factors at afsp.org/signs.