Suicide Prevention Resources

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If You or a Loved One is in Crisis or Distress:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Live chat:

The Trevor Project (For LGBTQ Youth) 1-866-488-7386.

A Youth Suicide Prevention Seminar for Parents:

“Not My Kid”: Geared toward helping parents determine if their child may be at risk of suicide.

How Parents Can LOOK, LISTEN, AND HELP: Youth Suicide is Preventable: Discusses parents’ roles in recognizing changes in their child’s behavior that may indicate a risk of depression and/or suicide.

The Jason Foundation: Dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.

MY3 Safety Planning App: Coping strategies and sources of support.

Virtual Hope Box: Helps with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

“A Friend Asks” App: A free smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center. This SAMHSA-funded national resource center has a wealth of information about suicide and its prevention.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Public-private partnership that advances the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

National Council for Suicide Prevention. National coalition of leading nonprofit organizations working to end suicide in the United States.

Indian Health Services:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:

Suicide Prevention Resource Center:

Parent Self-Care Tips

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So much of parenting involves meeting the needs of others. All people have certain needs that must be met to avoid negative consequences. During times of stress, needs become more acute. Unmet needs can lead to even more stress. It is especially important for parents of children who are experiencing psychiatric crises to take care of themselves and do what they can to meet their own needs.

  • Prioritize Sleep
  • Eat a Healthy Diet
  • Check Out Local Food Co-ops, Community Gardens, or Food Banks for Nutritious, Affordable Food
  • Be Conscious of the Effects of Substance Use
  • Exercise
  • Get Some Sunshine and Fresh Air
  • Ask for Help
  • Be Kinder to Yourself
  • Have Realistic Goals and Expectations
  • Lean on Your Community
  • Seek Professional Help
  • Say No to Extra Responsibilities
  • Join a Local or Online Parent Support Group
  • Set Aside Quality Time to Spend With Friends and Family
  • Practice Deep Breathing or Other Relaxation Techniques
  • Gather Information and Resources
  • Seek Professional Help
  • Write
  • Read
  • Listen to Audiobooks or Podcasts About Topics That Interest You
  • Watch Documentaries on TV, Netflix, or from the Library
  • Take a Class at a Library, Local College, or Online
  • Read Your Local Newspaper

Parenting Resources

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