Anxiety and depression can cause
your teen to feel hopeless. Their thoughts may get so bad that suicide can seem like
the only option. If you're concerned that your teen may be thinking about self-harm,
ask them about it.
Asking about suicide does not lead
If your teen talks about
suicide, act right away! Suicidal thoughts or actions are not a harmless bid for
attention. They are a sign of extreme stress. They shouldn't be ignored. If the
threat is immediate and your teen has a plan and the means to carry it out, call or
988. You will be connected to
trained crisis counselors at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. An online chat option
is also available. Lifeline is free and available 24/7.
Don’t leave your teen alone. Remove any means, such as guns, rope, knives, or
If the threat isn't immediate,
call your teen's healthcare provider. Or call or text the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or
right away. It's open 24 hours a
day, every day. They speak English and Spanish. And they have an option for those
are hard of hearing. You can text the
Crisis Text Line
text HELLO to 741741). Or visit the lifeline’s
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org for more information and an online chat
option. This resource gives crisis help right away and can direct you to local
resources. It's free and private.