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Written by Paget Hetherington
on May 6, 2019

4 out of 5 teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs

When a person contemplates suicide, they may believe it is the only option to end their pain. In that moment, consumed by dark thoughts, suicide becomes the only way out. A simple “Are you okay?” could make all the difference.  Sharing your pain can also help:

Today’s youth are under significant pressure—from school, peers, family, and society. As humans, we aren’t all equipped in the same way to handle these pressures, and younger individuals are especially vulnerable. It’s time to talk more openly with students about suicide prevention in the hopes that this awareness will stop suicidal thoughts from turning into actions.

Since not every student will feel comfortable discussing these feelings with an adult, it’s imperative that educators provide them with access to help for when they need it most. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential support 24/7 for people in distress. By simply calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) day or night, students can access help and resources either for themselves or a loved one in need.  They can also text “CNQR” to 741741.

Sharing this information could truly save a life.   

It’s vital that every student in every classroom knows that somebody cares about them. If you believe any of your students are struggling, be sure to let them know you care. Whether you reach out directly or discreetly offer crisis counseling information, that small action could make a massive impact.

Here is a poster you can use in your schools to help students.

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