Suicide Prevention and Awareness
If you, or someone you know, is in need of IMMEDIATE help:
- Call 9-8-8 or seek the nearest Emergency Room (9-8-8 is the nationwide, easy-to-remember 3-digit code for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors that was established by the FCC in 2020.)
- Call the Montgomery County Mobile Crisis Support Service: 1-855-634-HOPE (4673)
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
(Click here to visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.)
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
(Click here to visit the Crisis Text Line website.)
- Call The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
(Click here to visit The Trevor Project website.)
Suicide is a serious and increasing public health problem in the United States. For example, in 2018, more than 48,000 people died by suicide, resulting in about one death every 11 minutes. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults aged 10-34 years, only exceeded by unintentional injury.
Youth who feel suicidal are not likely to seek help directly; however parents, guardians, school personnel and peers can recognize the warning signs and take immediate action to keep the youth safe. If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know, please tell a school administrator, counselor, teacher, school psychologist, school nurse, parent/guardian or trusted adult.
DO NOT keep this a secret. Ask for help!
Check-out the information below about Gatekeepers, Youth Warning Signs, how you can help, 24/7 crisis support services and more resources!
Don't be afraid to use the correct vocabulary. It does not put an idea in someone's head. Take all threats seriously. If you have an imminent concern, never leave the person alone.