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Why Do Teens Try to Kill Themselves?

Most teens interviewed after making a suicide attempt say that they did it because they were trying to escape from a situation that seemed impossible to deal with or to get relief from really bad thoughts or feelings. They didn't want to die as much as they wanted to escape from what was going on. And at that particular moment dying seemed like the only way out. Some people who end their lives or attempt suicide might be trying to escape feelings of rejection, hurt, or loss. Others might be angry, ashamed, or guilty about something. Some people may be worried about disappointing friends or family members. And some may feel unwanted, unloved, victimized, or like they're a burden to others. [1]

What If I Need Help?

Need help now? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Suicide Prevention Lifeline or, 1-800-784-2433 the Wyoming Suicide Prevention Hot Line, and you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Additional Resources:

[1] The Children's Hospital