Suicide Prevention & Resources
Suicide Crisis Hotline
For: Wayne, Ontario, & Livingston Counties
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text “start” to 741-741
(585) 275-2700 TTY
For U.S. Veterans: 1-800-273-8255 Press #1
|Teens and young adults are feeling more pressures than ever before. If you are concerned regarding your child or another child, act IMMEDIATELY and do not leave the teen, child, or young adult alone, and call 911. Below is a risk assessment checklist, and even one or two of these risk factors can lead to suicide, so it is important to seek professional help for your child as soon as possible. YOUNG PEOPLE DYING IN THE U.S. – SUICIDE IS SECOND ON THE LIST!
- Has his/her personality changed dramatically?
- Is s/he having trouble with a boy/girlfriend? Or is s/he having trouble getting along with other friends or with parents? Has s/he withdrawn from people s/he used to feel close to?
- Has the teen been a victim of sexual assault, dating violence, bullying, stalking or family violence?
- Is there alcohol or drug abuse in the home, or is your child coming from a broken home?
- Is the quality of his/her schoolwork going down? Has s/he failed to live up to his/her own or someone else’s standards (when it comes to school grades, for example)?
- Has s/he recently been in trouble at school or with the law?
- Does s/he always seem bored, and is s/he having trouble concentrating?
- Is s/he acting like a rebel in an unexplained and severe way, or lying about participating in school or other activities?
- Is she pregnant and finding it hard to cope with this major life change?
- Has s/he run away from home?
- Is your teenager abusing drugs and/or alcohol?
- Is s/he listening to music, watching videos, searching sites about suicide or dying?
- Has s/he been looking at or downloading “dark” and/or disturbing images or content?
- Is s/he complaining of headaches, stomachaches, etc., that may or may not be real?
- Have his/her eating or sleeping habits changed?
- Has his/her appearance changed for the worse?
- Is s/he giving away some of his/her most prized possessions?
- Has s/he discussed suicide with friends?
- Is s/he writing notes or poems or on the Internet (“MySpace” or “Facebook”) about death, suicide or dying?
- Is s/he checking out websites on suicide?
- Does s/he talk about suicide, even jokingly? Has s/he said things such as, “I can’t take it anymore,” “Nobody cares about me” or glamorizes suicide and/or death?
- Does your child seem isolated with very few friends?
- Has your child been diagnosed with depression or another behavioral or mental health disorder?
- Is there a history of suicide in your family?
- Has her/his life become disorganized recently?
- Has a friend committed suicide recently?
- Is s/he preoccupied with themes of death or dying?
- Has s/he tried to commit suicide before?
- Is your child attending a new school, or beginning college?
- Has your child experienced multiple disappointments at the same time, or an overwhelming “heartbreak” that has caused some depression?
- Has your child received difficult news about his/her health or disappointing news about his/her future plans?
- Has your child made remarks to you or others that s/he is thinking of “checking out” or “ending it”?
If you suspect that your child or teenager might be thinking about suicide, do not remain silent. Suicide is preventable, but you must act quickly. PREVENTION STARTS WITH DISCUSSION!
- Ask your child about it. Don’t be afraid to say the word “suicide.” Getting the word out in the open may help your teenager think someone has heard his/her cries for help. LISTEN. Accept what is said and treat it seriously.
- Make every effort to communicate with your child daily, no matter how difficult.
- Trust your suspicions that your child may be self-destructive.
- Talk openly and freely and ask direct questions about the person’s intentions.
- Try to focus on the problem(s) and discuss and determine what needs to be done or changed; include your child in the steps and actions that must be taken to address his/her concerns.
- If your child is beginning college, reach out to the college and ask what resources are available to students. Speak with these “resources” about assessing and identifying depression among college-aged students. Identify these resources and provide this information to your child. Meet your child’s roommate and friends, acquaintances. Be accessible for these individuals to reach out to you if they are concerned about your child.
- Help identify the resources needed to improve things.
- Make use of hotline numbers.
- Help your child recall how s/he used to cope, and ask their opinion on how to move past the problem/issues.
- Share ideas on how to change things.
- Reassure him/her that you love him/her. Remind him/her that no matter how awful the problems seem, they can be worked out, and you are willing to help.
- Ask her/him to talk about her/his feelings. Listen carefully. Do not dismiss her/his problems or get angry with your child.
- Check your child’s computer for suicide “How to” website searches.
- Remove all lethal weapons or instruments from your home, including guns, pills, kitchen utensils, ropes, and belts, etc. (MEANS REDUCTION)
- Seek professional help. Ask your child’s pediatrician to guide you. A variety of outpatient and hospital-based treatment programs are available.
- Call the police (911) if the situation is immediately life threatening.
- Do not leave the person alone if you believe the risk of suicide is immediate or if you have concerns about his/her behaviors or depression.
- Do not swear secrecy to anyone thinking of suicide.
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