Some subjects, like suicide, are difficult and complicated to talk about with our children. However, it is a very important topic, and the suicide rate hit a 40-year-peak among older teen girls in 2015. Therefore, for anyone, it is can be lifesaving and helpful to be aware of the resources. Resources can help us all feel less alone and provide us with such things as education, hope and support. We don’t have to do this by ourselves!
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of over 160 crisis centers across the United States. Anyone in crisis (whether or not they are having thoughts of suicide) can call the Lifeline 24/7 and talk to a trained crisis worker who will listen to the caller’s problems and connect them with mental health services in their area.
The website lists warning signs for suicide and other useful links such as finding a therapist or support group, creating a safety plan, and a link about stories of hope and recovery.
Remember- we are not alone. Help is available. There is always hope.
** If you, your child, or someone you know needs help right now, call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For deaf and hard of hearing individuals, TTY 800-799-4889, or chat with someone online.
Crisis Resources are always listed on the homepage of our website at the navigation bar on the top.