Preventing teen suicide

  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

    A free, 24/7 confidential service that can provide people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, or those around them, with support, information, and local resources.

    Crisis Text Line

    This free text-message service provides 24/7 support to those in crisis. Text 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor right away.

    *Crisis Text Line is not a replacement for long-term counseling, in-person therapy, or a friend.

    Warning signs of suicide


    -       Talking about wanting to die

    -       Looking for a way to kill oneself

    -       Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose

    -       Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

    -       Talking about being a burden to others

    -       Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

    -       Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly

    -       Sleeping too little or too much

    -       Withdrawing or feeling isolated

    -       Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

    -       Displaying extreme mood swings

    If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:

    • Do not leave the person alone

    • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt

    • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)

    • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional 

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