Mental Health Services

Suicide Prevention and Intervention

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If you are concerned about a child or adolescent  consider contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line, which can be reached by texting “HOME” to 741741. If you think a youth is at immediate risk of suicide, call 911 immediately for help. Ensure the entire school community is aware of these suicide prevention resources.

If you know SOMEONE who might be suicidal, here are some Do's and Don'ts that can help:

DO:

  • Tell an adult, IMMEDIATELY. Even if you are not sure your friend is suicidal, this definitely the time to be safe and not sorry! 
    • Talk to your parent/caregiver.
    • Talk to your friend's parent/caregiver.
    • Tell a trusted adult at school (teacher, school counselor, social worker, nurse principal, etc).
    • Tell a trusted adult in the community (School Mental Health Clinic staff, pastor, coach, neighbor, etc.).
  • Be direct. Talk openly about suicide, you will not be "putting ideas in their heads."
  • Listen. Allow them to express their feelings.
  • Be non-judgmental.
  • Get involved. Show support.
  • Encourage them to get help.
  • Offer hope. Tell them you care about them.
  • Know that keeping your friend alive is a team effort; that's why it is important not to keep this a secret.

DON'T:

  • Be sworn to secrecy. Make no deals. You have to tell to save your friend.
  • Dare them to do it.
  • Act shocked. This might make them feel bad.
  • Leave them alone.
  • Minimize their problems.

If YOU are in a crisis or thinking about suicide, there is help. You are not alone. Here are some Do's and Don't that can help:

DO:

  • Tell an adult, IMMEDIATELY.
    • Talk to your parent/caregiver.
    • Tell a trusted adult at school (teacher, school counselor, social worker, nurse, principal, etc.)
    • Tell a trusted adult in the community (pastor, coach, neighbor, etc.).
  • Seek help from the nearest Wellness Center/School Mental Health Clinic.
  • Speak honestly about your thoughts and feelings; it can save your life.
  • Know you can overcome this feeling.
  • Know that you are not alone.

DON'T:

  • Keep this a secret.
  • Be afraid to ask for help.
  • Turn down help from an adult, instead allow others to show that they care.
  • Isolate yourself.

Resources for Children/Adolescents

If you need IMMEDIATE help, call 911.

Community Hotlines:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – (800) 273-TALK (8255) (24 Hours)

Trevor Lifeline – (866) 488-7386 (24 Hours)

Teen Line – (800) 852-8336 (6PM-10PM Daily)

Crisis Connections – (206) 461-3222 (24 Hours)

Text and Chat Resources:

Crisis Text Line – Free, 24/7, Confidential

Text  HOME   to  741741

Crisis Chat (11am-11pm, daily) – http://crisischat.org/chat

Teen Line – text  TEEN  to 839863 (6pm-10pm)

Online Resources:

The Trevor Project

Teen Line

AFSP

Smartphone Apps:

MY3– Free App to help you through crises and navigate talking to others

Teen Line Youth Yellow Pages

Grief and Loss Resources:

Crisis Connections  (f.k.a. Crisis Clinic)
(206) 461-3210
CC Cares program provides support to families
after suicide loss. Also provides support to teens
through TeenLink and various crisis lines

Forefront Suicide Prevention
(206) 543-1016
Offers support for persons affected by suicide.

The Healing Center
(206) 523-1206
Provides a safe environment for people to move
through their grief. Support groups for widowed
men and women, teens and children; individual
counseling and family support.

Safe Crossings Program & Camp Erin – King
County

(206) 320-4000 

Free grief support for youth within individualized and school settings.