Youth Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call:

Click here to visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

Notice: The Office of Suicide Prevention website is informational and not intended as a crisis response or hotline. Local crisis hotline numbers can be found in the front of your local phone book or call 911.

Youth Suicide Generally Occurs

Youth suicide generally occurs in the context of the youth's emotional, family and social environment. Prevention and intervention strategies of youth suicide will need to take these factors into account

Decrease Stress and Promotion of Well-being is Primary Prevention of Youth Suicide

Although the utopian concept of a society devoid of stress, family or social problem is unlikely, it does not mean that one should not strive for a better physical and emotional environment for our young people. Better education, employment, self development and leisure opportunities are just a few examples where we can help our youths to reduce their stresses. This decrease in stress and promotion of well-being is primary prevention. The early intervention when a problem arises, e.g. the prompt management of depressive symptoms, is known as secondary prevention. The prevention of complication, e.g. suicide as a result of depression, is known as tertiary prevention. Any effective preventive pro gram should include these levels of prevention.

Youth Suicide Prevention Information