If you are experiencing crisis call: 1.800.SUICIDE
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR:
- Use the LIFE model:
Listen to your friends when they need to talk about problems or thoughts of suicide.
Insist that they be honest with you.
Feelings, share them with each other.
Extend a helping hand and go with them to get a responsible adult involved to help.
- You must remember to TLR — Talk, Listen, and Respond to your friends.
- Never keep a friend's suicidal thoughts to yourself. Get a responsible adult involved immediately and encourage your friend to get professional help at once. You must be willing to risk your friendship to save your friend.
- Talk to your guidance counselor about including suicide prevention curriculum lessons in the school program.
- Encourage your principal or guidance counselor to present a teacher staff development program for the whole faculty on the awareness and prevention of youth suicide.
- Use youth suicide awareness and prevention as a report topic and share what you learn with others.
- Lead a poster campaign about youth suicide prevention and display them in your school.
- Lead a letter writing campaign to local and state legislators asking them to get involved in the awareness and prevention of the problem.
- Contact local churches and service organizations to let you share information about the problem of youth suicide.
- Contact the local mall about displaying posters about youth suicide prevention.
- Contact your local newspaper and encourage them to publish articles that inform the public about the problem and prevention of youth suicide.