• Suicide Prevention 
     
    If you or someone you know is in an emergency, please call 911 
     
    Denton County MHMR Crisis Line                       
    800-762-0157
     
    University Behavioral Health Hospital                 
    940-320-8100
     
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline                        
    800-273-8255 (TALK)      
     
    Local Crisis Line                                                     
    940-387-5555
     
    Texas Youth Hotline                                                 
    800-210-2278   
     
    Text "CLT" or "LISTEN" to 741-741 
     
     
    Students will learn more about suicide prevention and intervention in September. 
     
    Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year
    In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring
    Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds
    On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes
    Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people
    There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted  
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    If a child or adolescent says "I want to kill myself/die" or "I want to commit suicide", always TAG (take the statement seriouslyask questions, and get immediate assistance from a qualified health and/or mental health professional).
     Remember ACT when someone expresses suicidal thoughts (ActCare, and Treat).

    The following signs could be indicative of an adolescent who may try to kill themselves:

    • change in eating and sleeping habits
    • withdrawal from friends, family, and regular activities
    • violent, rebellious behavior, or running away
    • drug and/or alcohol use 
    • neglect of personal appearance
    • marked personality change
    • persistent boredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork
    • complaints about physical symptoms, often related to emotions (such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.)
    • loss of interest in pleasurable activities
    • not tolerating praise or rewards
    • complain of being a bad person or feeling rotten inside
    • give verbal hints with statements such as "I won't be a problem for you much longer", "Nothing matters", "It's no use", "I won't see you again"
    • put his or her affairs in order (for example, give away favorite possessions, clean his or her room, throw away important belongings, etc.)
    • become suddenly cheerful after a period of depression
    • have signs of psychosis (hallucinations or bizarre thoughts)