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Mental Health and the Gifted


STOP! If you are feeling suicidal, please stop and read this. It will only take a moment.

The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you feel you are in crisis, whether or not you are thinking about killing  yourself, please call or text 988 or go to the website to chat.

This discusses concepts involving gifted adolescents and depression and has additional recommended reading. 

Although literature on the relationship between suicide and giftedness is scarce, as are the statistics involving suicide rates among gifted adolescents, characteristics often associated with gifted and talented young people are also viewed as suicide risk factors.

When Bright Kids Become Disillusioned
Bright children are often intense, sensitive, idealistic, and concerned with fairness, and they are quick to see inconsistencies and absurdities in the classroom, in their families, and in the world.

One part of giftedness is experiencing life at a deeper level than the average person — seeing beyond the facades of the world to the real and sometimes horrifying issues that lay hiding beneath.

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