KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING TO HELP OUR TEENS
Online Organizations Focused on the Mission:
- Change Direction: The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens and leaders here to change the culture about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.
- Sad Boys Org Instagram and Podcast: an online and in person platform ignited to create community for men of all ages within the mental health world.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: an organization that connects teens, provides resources and advocates to prevent teen suicide.
- Teen Mental Health: This website provides in-depth info about mental illness for teens. Check out their Youtube videos and social media pages!
- To Write Love on Her Arms: A non-profit whose mission is to “present hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.”
- You Matter: You Matter stresses that suicide is never the answer and contains blog posts about healthy living.
LGBTQ+ youth mental health:
- CDC LGBTQ+ Resources: provides resources for LGBTQ+ youth, friends, supporters, educators, school administrators, parents, guardians and family members.
- It Gets Better Project: online platform to share LGBTQ+ stories and to remind teens that there is hope and it will get better.
- Trans Lifeline: A trans-led hotline and non-profit organization offering “direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis.”
- Trevor Space: A social media network that provides a community for tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth looking to connect with each other and find support.
Activities Apps, & Media:
- notOK: Free. App that gives you the ability to get immediate support from your friends, family, or peer network. IOS and Android
- A Friend Asks: Free. App that provides information, tools and resources to help a friend or yourself if struggling with thoughts of suicide.
- Happify: Smartphone, Tablet or Computer. Happify brings you effective tools and programs to help you take control of your feelings and thoughts. Proven techniques are developed by leading scientists and experts who’ve been studying evidence-based interventions in the fields of positive psychology, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy for decades.
Recognize the warning signs of suicide and seek immediate attention
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
- Talking or writing about suicide or death.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about being a burden to others and how the world would be better off without him/her.
- Displaying extreme mood swings and acting recklessly.
- Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining access to firearms, pills, or other means to kill oneself.
- Talking about being trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Complete withdrawal.
- Giving away prized possessions and other personal things; tying up loose ends.
If you or someone you love exhibits any of these signs, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255(TALK). If you cannot reach someone on this line, go to an emergency room, make sure you or your loved one is not alone until professional help arrives and remove all firearms, sharp objects, drugs, alcohol and other things that could be used in a suicide attempt.
We owe it to our children, young adults, families, and communities to STOP this. Too many young lives are ended by this permanent decision to a temporary problem. #DONTENDYOURSTORY
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