Suicide PreventionIf you or someone you know is in an emergency, please call 911800-762-0157940-320-8100800-273-8255
(TALK)940-387-5555800-210-2278Text "CLT" or "LISTEN" to 741-741Students will learn more about suicide prevention and intervention in September.Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every yearIn the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the springSuicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for24 to 35-year-oldsOn average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutesEach suicide intimately affects at least 6 other peopleThere is 1 suicide for every 25 attemptedIf a child or adolescent says "I want to kill myself/die" or "I want to commit suicide", always TAG (take the statement seriously, ask questions, and get immediate assistance from a qualified health and/or mental health professional).Remember ACT when someone expresses suicidal thoughts (Act, Care, and Treat).
signscould be indicative of an adolescent who may try to kill themselves: changein eating and sleeping habits withdrawalfrom friends, family, and regular activities violent, rebellious behavior, or running away drugand/or alcohol use neglectof personal appearance markedpersonality change persistentboredom, difficulty concentrating, or a decline in the quality of schoolwork complaintsabout physical symptoms, often related to emotions (such as stomachaches, headaches, fatigue, etc.) lossof interest in pleasurable activities nottolerating praise or rewards complainof being a bad person or feeling rotten inside giveverbal 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" puthis or her affairs in order (for example, give away favorite possessions, clean his or her room, throw away important belongings, etc.) becomesuddenly cheerful after a period of depression havesigns of psychosis (hallucinations or bizarre thoughts)