IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE HELP, CALL 911
Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available; talk to a trained crisis support counselor through one of the services below.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 Lifeline: 800-273–TALK (8255)
Includes information and support for veterans, those who are hearing or speech impaired, and in Spanish. Online: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Samaritans Helpline: 877-870-HOPE (4673)
Call or Text 24/7 for Crisis Services
Crisis Text Line Text “START” to 741741 Online: www.crisistextline.org
IMAlive Online Network - Use instant messaging to connect with trained crisis intervention volunteer Online: www.imalive.org Visit website and click “Chat Now”
Your teenage years can be complex and difficult. Your emotions and moods may change often, making it seem like you are riding a roller coaster. If you are feeling that your sad, angry or depressed emotions will never end and there is no way out, please know that help is available.
Feeling suicidal can be very painful. You may feel trapped and desperate because you may be unable to see a solution. You have to talk about how you are feeling with someone who can help. Talking to a friend is a start. Don't stop there. Talk to your parents, favorite teacher, coach, counselor, nurse, doctor, or another trusted adult. Don't keep these feelings to yourself. Don't stop talking until you get help.
- How do I get help?
- Am I depressed?
- Am I or a friend at risk of suicide?
- Do I have a drug or alcohol problem?
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Mentors, coaches and youth leaders play an important role in the lives of young people. They help guide and supervise youth in the community, and therefore are entrusted with their safety and well being while in their care.
As a coach, mentor or youth leader, there may be a time when you encounter a depressed or troubled child/teen, and you may even be concerned that he/she is at risk for suicide. Whether or not a youth has acknowledged suicidal intent, if you are concerned about the possibility, call his or her parent(s) or guardian right away. The parent should then call a crisis line immediately.
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Life as an adult can be complex and sometimes stressful, but a persistent sense of hopelessness, anxiety and/or despair may be a sign of depression. For some this level of distress and hopelessness can be so devastating that they have thoughts of suicide. There is reason to be hopeful because support and treatment are readily available
- If you are thinking about suicide or self-harm, there is help.
- If someone you know is thinking about suicide, there is help.
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Life experiences can bring joy and sorrow. As we age we may face the loss of a loved one, changes in our bodies and our overall health. These changes can lead to depression and even to thoughts of suicide. While very distressing, the pain of these feelings can go away.
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