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Recognizing Signs Of Depression, Suicidal Thoughts In Teens

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah has consistently ranked as a state with one of the highest rates of suicide among teens.

Many people have disregarded worrisome behavior as typical teen behavior but there are some key differences.

The Utah State Board of Education says parents and teachers should:

  • Listen for talk of suicide, feelings of hopelessness, or talk of feeling like a burden.
  • Keep an eye out for an increase of alcohol or drug use, or withdrawal from activities.
  • Recognize if a teen may isolatesp0 themselves from family and friends or sleep too much or too little.
  • Be aware of moods such as depression, anxiety, loss of interest, irritability, agitation, or rage.
  • Watch for sudden, unexplained calm after a long period of depression.
  • Take notice if they are searching online for ways to kill themselves or are saying goodbye or seem to be tying up loose ends.


If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs, call the Utah State Crisis Line1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

Additional Crisis Hotlines 

  • National Suicide Prevention Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741-741 
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386 

Online resources 

In an emergency 

  • Call 911 
  • Go to the emergency room 
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