When it comes to suicide, there’s a lot of competing information that makes it hard to tell myth from fact. But knowing the facts may allow us to take lifesaving steps to help our children.
Test your knowledge about the myths surrounding suicide and learn the next best step when a child is showing warning signs.
1) Asking your child about suicide will put ideas in his/her head.True
Spread AwarenessNational Suicide Prevention Week is September 5 – September 11. Talking about suicide can help raise awareness, you can help by sharing any of the On Our Sleeves resources below.
Infographics to share:
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons aged 15 to 25 years**Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Suicide rates in youth ..."Basically, it's 9/11 happening every 18 months."- John Ackerman, PhD, Center for Suicide Prevention & Research at Nationwide Children's Hospital
Resources to share:
- How to talk to kids about Suicide
- Free Download: Your Child Has Thought About Ending Their Life – What’s Next?
- Stopping Stigma: How We All Can Play a Role
Sharing the Suicide Crisis LineCopy and paste this text on your social media:
You don’t have to struggle alone. Help is always available. If you or your child need immediate help due to having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741-741. If there is an immediate safety concern, call 911 or go the nearest emergency room.
Support is crucial if you or a loved one is depressed or contemplating suicide. Please know that there is help. Depression is treatable and there are many effective treatment options that will meet needs. If you or your child need immediate help due to having suicidal thoughts, go to your local emergency room immediately, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741-741.