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Suicidal Ideation in Teens: Knowing the Signs

Suicidal Ideation in Teens: Knowing the Signs

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Being a teen girl is hard. Their bodies are changing at a rapid rate, they have to deal with new emotional behavior and withstand enormous amounts of peer pressure. During this time in their lives, some teen girls begin to show signs of depression and sometimes suicidal ideation.

What is suicidal ideation?

Suicidal ideation, also known as suicidal thoughts, exist in two forms – active and passive. Active suicidal ideation means that the person is actively planning their death. In passive suicidal ideation, the person has thoughts of death but no plan to kill themselves. Most people experiencing this struggle don’t follow through with committing suicide. However, it’s considered a risk factor for suicide and must be taken very seriously.

Risk factors and causes

Suicidal ideation, according to researchers, is caused by a combination of risk factors that come together to influence suicidal thoughts. These risk factors and causes can include:

  • Environmental factors: Being caught in a stressful situation such as expulsion, the death of a parent or moving to another place can cause suicidal ideation in teens.
  • Genetic factors: Psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia, are passed down to teens through the genes of family members. These disorders are known to cause suicidal ideation in those suffering from them. Substance abuse is also genetically linked, which also causes suicidal ideation.
  • Physical factors: Lower levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin have been found in people with suicidal ideation. Additionally, people with terminal diseases may experience suicidal ideation.
  • Exposure to suicidal behavior of loved ones: Seeing the suicidal behavior in a familiar setting may influence some people to experience suicidal ideation themselves.
  • Not being able to cope: People with poor coping skills might turn to suicidal ideation as a way out of whatever struggle they are dealing with.


Watching out for symptoms of suicidal ideation in your teen is important in preventing them from taking further steps towards suicide. Symptoms can include:

  • Talking about death excessively
  • Desire for isolation
  • Sense of calm or happiness after a period of depression
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Feelings of helplessness and desperation

Getting help

If your teen is experiencing suicidal ideation, sending them to a residential treatment center is a great option.

Solstice RTC  is a residential treatment center that provides a therapeutic holistic approach for teen girls ages 14 to 18. Instead of treating specific problem areas such as suicidal ideation, Solstice treats the entire individual.

For more information on how Solstice RTC can help combat suicidal ideation and other mental health issues, please call us today at (866) 278-3345.