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Suicide Awareness

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Common WARNING SIGNS of Mental Health Conditions

  • Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  • Trying to harm or end one’s life or making plans to do so
  • Severe, out-of-control, risk-taking behavior that causes harm to self or others 
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or difficulty breathing
  • Seeing, hearing or believing things that aren’t real
  • Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
  • Excessive worrying or fear that get in the way of daily activities
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still
  • Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits
  • Avoiding friends and social activities
  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
Note: While NAMI Santa Clara County (NAMI-SCC) does not offer direct services (support groups, education classes, peer support, etc.) to children and adolescents under age 18, the NAMI Helpline Help Desk is often contacted by parents and caregivers of children and adolescents in this age group.  Also, NAMI recognizes that Transition Aged Youth (TAY) between the ages of 16 – 26 often have issues and needs that differ from those of older adults.  This document addresses mental health concerns and resources for children, adolescents and TAY.