Educators play an important role in prevention
Educators have the opportunity to see students in the classroom, in the hallways or in extracurriculars. During this time spent with students, you may be concerned that a teen you know is at-risk for suicide. Suicide is preventable, and you can learn how to spot the warning signs, know the risk factors and provide support with our tools and resources.
How to Talk with Your Student
The sooner warning signs are detected and help is sought out, the better the outcome of a suicidal crisis will be. Asking someone about the presence of suicidal thoughts and feelings opens up a conversation that may lead to a referral for help. Referral to local resources and/or calling emergency helpline is critical.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
If a student is experiencing a mental health crisis or medical emergency, call toll-free at 800.273.8255. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
Not sure what to do or who to talk to? Refer to your school's suicide policy
A message from an educator
“Parents, teachers, coaches, school counselors – we’re all here to help others get through tough times.”
How to talk to your student
Research demonstrates when someone who is contemplating suicide is asked by someone about it, they feel relief, not distress.