PUEBLO, Colo. - The Pueblo Police Department reports a surge in teen suicides in the last month. It says five teenagers have taken their lives in the city in just the last four weeks.
The department provided the following list of warning signs that a person may be thinking about killing themselves:
- Threats or comments about killing themselves, also known as suicidal ideation, can begin with seemingly harmless thoughts like “I wish I wasn’t here” but can become more overt and dangerous
- Increased alcohol and drug use.
- Aggressive behavior or dramatic mood swings from despair to calm.
- Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community.
- Talking, writing or thinking about death.
- Putting their affairs in order and giving away their possessions.
- Saying goodbye to friends and family.
- Impulsive or reckless behavior.
- Planning, possibly by looking around to buy, steal or borrow the tools they need to commit suicide, such as a firearm or prescription medication.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call 911 or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). People who are more comfortable with chatting online can find help at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
You can also use the state's Safe2Tell website and phone number to report a teen who may need help. You can remain anonymous. Go to Safe2Tell.org or call 1 (877) 542-7233
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 41,000 people commit suicide in the United States each year. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults and the 2nd leading causing of death for people between the ages of 10 and 24.