In an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
24-Hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
24-Hour Colorado Crisis Support Line 1-844-493-8255 (TALK)
If You Have Concerns
- ASK if they are struggling with suicidal thoughts. This doesn't increase risk, in fact it reduces risk.
- LISTEN to the youth in a compassionate and nonjudgemental way.
- ENCOURAGE them to seek help - there is help and hope!
- TELL them that you care.
- DON'T KEEP IT A SECRET!
- PROTECT your youth at home. Learn tips on how to safe-guard your home by clicking here for English, or clicking here for Spanish.
Warning Signs and Risk Factors
Communicating With a Teen Who May At Risk of Suicide
The Mayo Clinic Patient Education has developed a highly regarded 4 minute video on teen suicide prevention. It covers what parents should look for, what to say and not say, as well as what to do if you are concerned about suicide risk for a teen.
To Refer a Youth to Second Wind Fund
Contact your school counselor, psychologist or social worker to contact Second WInd Fund for you. If the youth is not in school, contact your family doctor or a mental health professional.
If you are a youth struggling with suicidal thoughts, tell a trusted adult.
13 Reasons Why Guidance & Talking Points
There is a new series on Netflix called 13 Reasons Why that concerns many of us who are passionate about saving lives of kids at risk for suicide. Briefly, it is based on a novel of the same name about a high school student who dies by suicide and leaves 13 tapes on why she died. Because of the serious concerns about the possibility of increased suicide risk in teens, The National Association of School Psychologists, as well as The Jed Foundation and SAVE.org have prepared Talking Points for 13 Reasons Why that may be helpful to you.
Click here for guidance from The National Association of School Psychologists
Click here for talking points from The Jed Foundation and SAVE.org