It's no secret that parenting a teenager can be a hand-wringing experience. The phase between childhood and adulthood can be difficult to navigate, and for some teens, it can seem unmanageable. Thousands of teens every year commit suicide, sometimes, as we've seen from recent media coverage, in response to bullying. Mental illness, extreme stress or pressure, social problems, family problems or academic failure can also play a role.
It can be difficult to predict which teens will end up having thoughts of suicide, but there are some well-established warning signs that can give some indication there might be a problem that requires intervention (especially if you see more than one). Here, five of the warning signs that could mean your teen needs your help.
First: isolation …