Sure, teens tend to run off at the mouth. But when it comes to suicide talk, you'd better take them seriously. Your teenage son, for example, may not put his money where his mouth is when it comes to fixing up the family roadster or doing his fair share of the chores, but the same can't be said of suicide threats.
The truth is, teens who talk about committing suicide just might do it. Even if your teen passes it off as a joke, take it seriously. This is one time when it's OK to overreact. And don't assume this is something that will go away with time. If your teenager is talking about suicide, now is the time to step in. Hopefully you've already laid the groundwork to have some honest, open discussions about your teen's true intentions and feelings. But even if you haven't, you should take action. Enlist the help of a professional if you must. Just don't ignore a teen's suicidal talk.