• Suicide Prevention

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK
    https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

    Youth Suicide Warning Signs:

    • A previous suicide attempt
    • Current talk of suicide or making a plan
    • Strong wish to die or a preoccupations with death
    • Giving away prized possessions
    • Signs of depressions, such as moodiness, hopelessness, withdrawal
    • Increased alcohol and/or other drug use
    • Hinting at not being around in the future or saying good-bye

    What to do:

    • Listen and express concern in a non judgmental way
    • Trust your suspicions that your child may be in danger
    • Take action!  Get them connected to a professional
    • Ask questions openly ("Do you have a plan to hurt yourself?  Will you talk to someone who can help?")
    • Show you care, stay calm and remove all potential methods for suicide such as guns, pills, etc.
    • Take all threats seriously
    • Stay with your child, don't leave them alone

    Spark a meaningful conversation concerning the Netflix miniseries "13 Reasons Why":

    13 Reasons Why, Talking Points for Parents:
    13 Reasons Why: Talking Points

    5 Conversations to Have with Your Teen After 13 Reasons Why:
    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/5-conversations-to-have-with-your-teens-after-13-reasons-why 

    Suicide Prevention Resources:

    American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
    https://afsp.org/

    National Institute of Mental Health
    https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

    Mental Health Association-Texas
    http://www.mhatexas.org/