For Family and Friends

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)

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 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

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.
  • 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

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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.

Please click here to watch this informative video

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.