How To Take Care Of Yourself
Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and trusted adults in your life for support. You can also call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline any time — calls are confidential.
Family conflicts, relationship hardships, school pressures, and discovering your identity can feel overwhelming and impossible to deal with alone. Losing relationships and important people in our lives can also feel overwhelming. Seeking out support can make these changes manageable.
How To Help
Never dismiss what your loved one is saying. If your child/adolescent, friend, or family member confides thoughts of suicide, believe them and give them support.
Listen with empathy and provide support. A fight or breakup might not seem like a big deal, but for a young person it can feel immense. Empathize and listen. Don’t minimize their feelings, it can affect how they reach out for support in the future.
Don’t keep suicide a secret. If your friend is considering suicide, don’t promise to keep it a secret. Tell him or her you can help, but you need to involve other people, like a trusted adult. Neither of you have to face this alone.
Noelle's therapy helped her realize she had the strength to overcome her own personal battles.
"Seven years ago, I was too tired for anything. With the last ounce of strength I thought I had, I told my mom I didn’t want to do it anymore. I did the closest thing I could manage to ask for help, and at that time, asking meant not denying."Read Noelle's Story