National Suicide Prevention Week
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.
- 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:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Youth can also chat online.
- Access the Crisis Text Line by texting CONNECT to 741741 to immediately be connected to a mental health counselor by text message.
- Use resources from the National Suicide Prevention Week media toolkit to raise awareness among youth participants and their parents, as well as teachers and facilitators.
- Seek additional training through the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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.