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National Suicide Prevention Week

National Suicide Prevention Week

Event Date: 
Sunday, September 10, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, September 16, 2017 (All day)

September 10-16, 2017 is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 15-24, and almost 20% of high school students have reported thinking about suicide. Youth who have experienced trauma, LGBT youth, and youth who struggle with substance use are at a greater risk for suicide. Your program can help prevent youth suicide this week and all year by fostering a supportive community and self-esteem among youth in your program.

Get Involved

  • Access tip sheets and curricula in our resource library to help you foster a supportive environment for youth, which can be a protective factor against suicide.
  • Know the risk factors and warning signs. If a youth in your program expresses feelings of hopelessness, increased substance use, or dramatic mood swings, reach out. If someone is indicating or communicating suicidal thoughts, get immediate help from a mental health professional or call 9-1-1.
  • Use your social media accounts and newsletters to share the suicide crisis line information, and keep this information posted where program participants can see it:
  1. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Youth can also chat online.
  2. Access the Crisis Text Line by texting CONNECT to 741741 to immediately be connected to a mental health counselor by text message.

You can make a difference this National Suicide Prevention Week. 
Let youth know they are not alone and help them get the help they need.

A teenage girl looks at her phone.