TEENline

Helping Teens

MHAGC offers a 24/7 texting resource for Teens. We are here to listen and provide local resources. Simply text 864-77-TEENS (83367)

Learn more about mental health resources for teens and young adults.

Parents

When a child/teen is depressed or threatening suicide:
It can be scary watching anyone feel depressed or threaten suicide. When it is a child that you care for, it is devastating and overwhelming. Listed below are a few things to keep in mind:

Take any threats of suicide seriously. 13.8% of teens report having seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year and 6.3% report having attempted during that time. However, youth suicide is often preventable.
Depression is a mental illness often associated and correlated with suicidal ideation. Teens experiencing depression display hopelessness, irritability, fearfulness, loss of interest in activities, and a change in eating and sleeping habits. If you know a child or youth who is feeling depressed or threatening suicide, try to sit down with them and listen to what they have to say. Don't judge or tell them what to do- just listen and acknowledge what they are feeling. Let them know you care.

Talk with that child about getting help. Having their cooperation best insures that they will be able and willing to get the help they need. You or your child/teen can text  864-77-TEENS (83367) or click here for resources.

Interested in having a suicide prevention class for your classroom or teen group?

Resources

Whatever you're struggling with, we'd like to help. We can provide you with a list of organizations, web sites and people you can visit or call. It's up to you to get started, though. Sometimes life's pressures can seem overwhelming. If you know where to go and who to turn to, you'll get through everything just fine. We hear you.

TEXT us at 864-77-TEENS (83367) and we can guide you through finding the right resources to get you started on the right path. Don't wait.

Friends

However they say it, hearing a friend or peer threaten suicide is scary. You may not know what to do to help them. You may not be sure if you should tell someone else or if that betrays your friend's trust. TEENline is here for you.Here are a few tips and pointers:

Take every threat seriously. You may be that one person your friend feels he or she can talk to. Teens are at high risk for suicide, so it is important not to ignore threats or joke around about them. If you are comfortable, try to sit down and talk with your friend about what they are feeling. You can be the listening ear they need during this difficult time.

Don't judge them, but put yourself in their shoes. Let them know that you hear how they are feeling. Let them know how concerned you are and how much you care. See if there is a trusted adult your friend might talk to who would listen and wouldn't judge; maybe a parent, teacher or pastor. See if they might be willing to get some help.

 

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