Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Caregivers, educators, and peers play an important role in suicide prevention by noticing the warning signs of suicide and helping someone get the help they need.
Sometimes your struggle can be underestimated because of your age. But we hear you, and help is available.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, ask for help. Below are national and local crisis supports that you can call/test:
National and Local Crisis Supports
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988
Crisis Connections 24-Hour Crisis Line: 1-866-427-4747
Crisis Connections Website
For LGBTQ+ Youth: 1-866-488-7386 or
text 'Start' to 678-678
Teen Link: 1-866-833-6546 (evenings 6pm-10pm)
Teen Link Website
24-hr Crisis Teen Text Line: text 'HOME' to 741-741
BIPOC Crisis Text Line: text 'STEVE' to 741-741
Talk to a trusted adult at school. Our school counselors are trained to intervene with students thinking about suicide and can help facilitate the process of accessing supports to help prevent suicide.
Be a Good Friend
Don't be afraid to let your friends, family, school counselors, or teachers know what you need when they ask; they want to help. Friends sometimes let friends know if they are thinking about suicide or dying. Other times, changes in behavior may show that someone is struggling.
Don't Keep Suicide a Secret
If you know someone that is considering suicide, don't promise to keep it a secret. Tell him or her you can help, but you need to involve other people, like a trusted adult. Neither of you have to face this alone.
Parenting Resource about Suicide Prevention
The School Mental Health supplement is partnering with Forefront Suicide Prevention & the University of Washington SMART Center to bring the LEARN® Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Training for Parents/Caregivers directly to you in your own home, free of charge.
Learn more about Youth Suicide Prevention