Suicide Prevention Information
The following information can be found on the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide website at www.sptsusa.org. If you have immediate concerns about an individual student during school hours, contact a school counselor at Ext. 214, student assistance counselor Ext. 342, or SOURCE staff Ext. 341.
If this is an emergency after school hours, please call 911 or go to your nearest local emergency room. If this is not an emergency, but you are concerned about your child's well being, please contact Children's Mobile Response at 1-877-652-7624.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line 741741
2nd Floor Youth Helpline 1-888-222-2228
Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
Worried about Suicide?
Are you concerned that someone you know may be at risk for suicide? Your first step in helping may be as simple as learning the FACTS or warning signs. The following signs may mean that a youth is at risk for suicide, particularly if that person attempted suicide in the past.
FEELINGS - Expressing hopelessness about the future.
ACTIONS - Displaying severe/overwhelming pain or distress.
CHANGES - Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, including: withdrawal from friends or changes in social activities; anger or hostility; or changes in sleep.
THREATS - Talking about, writing about, or making plans for suicide.
SITUATIONS - Experiencing stressful situations including those that involve loss, change, create personal humiliation, or involve getting into trouble at home, in school or with the law. These kinds of situations can serve as triggers for suicide.
If you notice any of these warning signs, you can help!
1. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
2. Ask directly about suicide
3. Encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
4. Involve an adult they trust Remember, if you have IMMEDIATE concern about someone’s safety, call 911 right away!
Suicide is a preventable problem. By taking the time to notice and reach out to a peer, you can be the beginning of a positive solution. Don't Forget - Youth Suicide Prevention is Everyone's Business!
*This is an updated version of the FACTS handout available in the Lifelines Curriculum and "Making Educators Partners"