FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS
Are you worried about your teen?
If you’re worried that your child is experiencing severe stress, depression or other mental health concerns, it’s important to trust your gut and get them professional help. It’s often difficult to imagine that your child has been experiencing pain and distress, and you might be unsure how to react during this challenging and emotional time, but talking to your child and seeking help is critical.
Suicide touches everyone – all ages and incomes; all racial, ethnic, and religious groups; and in all parts of the country. It is also the third leading cause of death among teenagers. 1 in 5 youth in Indiana have contemplated suicide. Knowing the facts about teen suicide will help you understand that there is help and hope when parents, schools and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem.
Parents and caregivers play a valuable role in prevention.
An important and powerful step in prevention is learning the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors of suicide. Suicide is preventable, and if you’re at all concerned, it’s important to know what resources and support is available for you and your teen.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline
If your child 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.
Connect with Community Behavioral Health Services
For a crisis evaluation or to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional in the Indianapolis area, call toll-free at 800.662.3445.
“You can save your child’s life by paying attention.”
Listen to another parent’s story and learn how you can save your child’s life.
How to start the conversation
Don’t wait to speak with your child. If you believe your teen is thinking about suicide, start the conversation – taking action is always the best choice.