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Early Warning Signs, The Troubled Mind and A Solution
(Daniel Quinn is a free lance writer who lives in Jupiter Florida. His business experience includes having run a successful Real Estate firm, and an Internet Services firm which he sold in 2002.)
Significant changes that may be life threatening:
Be aware of other potential signs:
By no means, is this a complete list of symptoms. Know these signs, learn about others and use common sense. Dig deep, reach out, look and listen.
The Troubled Mind
The suicidal mind is withdrawn in a dark and desperate place. Air is shallow, pressure is great and fear is all they know. A longing for peace and relief from this pain is all they want to know. What you see as Self- Harm, Injury, and Damaging may be Self-Help, Relief and Soothing to the pained person.
Pain causes suicidal thinking; extreme pain causes suicide...don’t think you know pain if you are dealing with a suicidal teen.
People don’t talk about attempted suicide or suicidal behavior. They are afraid. Listen to the desperation, listen to the fear and loathing, listen, and try to feel their strength. They are survivors. The word suicide is so influential because of the power and stigma associated with the word and the action...suicide is forever; pain can go away.
If you don’t have respect for their strength you can’t be of help. If they let you in, consider it a privilege. There is no reason they should trust you; they have been betrayed. You can’t know their terror—it would be your worst nightmare, a nightmare from which you never awake. It’s unrelenting. No person, no time, place, or thing offers safety. All is tainted. Hope is obliterated, time and time again. It is a supreme act of valor that they are in your presence.
Suicidal thoughts begin when fear of survival overshadows the fear of death. Suicidal thoughts end when we find relief.
Intervene in your child’s life before, during or after a crisis. For more information on resources that can help and ideas to help parents, spend some time reviewing some of the other pages on this 2,000 page web site www.strugglingteens.com.
Kristie Campbell, co-owner StrugglingTeens LLC, is an educational consultant (with Therapeutic Placement Solutions) who has worked closely with Schools and Programs for struggling teens for 20 years. strugglingteens.com is a leading online resource available to parents of children making poor decisions, and the professionals trying to help those families. You'll find a wide variety of resources for your child with ideas from and about schools and programs, chat with other parents and professionals, follow articles by and for parents, order books and newsletter subscriptions, and stay up-to-date on current news.
“Frequently, intervention involves helping the parents find a suitable temporary residential placement for their child. Although many parents consider this type of intervention to be a unique and drastic action, in reality, a parent’s intervention in their child’s life is common, and goes on throughout the child’s life. A crisis intervention differs only by being perhaps more dramatic than other interventions.” 
Please refer to the INTERVENTION essay for additional information.
About the Author
Published Article Copyright ©2004 Daniel Quinn
Daniel Quinn is a freelance writer who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
 AAS, American Association of Suicidology, “AAS Suicide Fact Sheets”, “Youth Suicide”
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC)—www.cdc.gov
Other information can be fund at the following website:
NIMH, National Institute of Mental Health, In Harm's Way: Suicide in America, 2003
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