Youth Suicide Prevention Resources

Youth Online Services and Resources

Apps | Washington Helplines and Resources | National Helplines | College Students | LGBT Youth | Native Youth | Teens Experiencing Bullying | When a Friend Dies


Suicide Prevention Apps – At this link you will find eight different suicide prevention apps. They will help you recognize warning signs, build a safety plan, and give practical advice on how to intervene with an at-risk person. The apps provide you with resources on suicide prevention information, breathing exercises and grounding techniques, and some helpful do's and don'ts when reaching out to a potentially suicidal love one.

Washington Helplines and Resources

Clark County Teen Talk – The Clark County Teen Talk offers non-judgmental peer-to-peer support on any topic by phone, online chat, message board or email on Monday – Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas – The Crisis Clinic of the Peninsulas' provides over-the-phone crisis intervention, information referral, and a supportive listening ear to people in the community who are experiencing situational distress. These are 24-hour crisis lines.

Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties – The Crisis Clinic has a main crisis line and a youth help line. Both are available 24/7. From 4 – 8 p.m., they try to have the youth line staffed by youth volunteers. No crisis is too small to make the call!

ImHurting Crisis Chat – ImHurting Crisis Chat is a service offered through Volunteers of America Western Washington in the North Puget Sound region. You can call their crisis line or chat online 24/7.

SoundCareKids – SoundCareKids is a support program for families with youth who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. There are 3 groups for youth: the Littles Group (ages 5-8), the Middles Group (ages 9-12), and the Teens Group (ages 13-18). Contact the SoundCareKids Bereavement Program for meeting information.

Teen Link – The Teen Link help line offers phone (6–10 p.m.) and chat (6– 9:30 p.m.) support by trained youth volunteers. Youth call for all types of reasons. At Teen Link, no problem is too big or too small.

National Helplines

Boys Town – Boys Town has a 24/7 national hotline and text line. They have Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for over 140 languages. There is also a TDD line.

Crisis Text Line – The Crisis Text Line offers 24/7 emotional support and information support to teens in any type of crisis, including suicide, by trained volunteers via texting. You can text with a trained specialist 24 hours a day.

Teen Line – The teen line offers peer support by teens for teens through a hotline (6–10 p.m.), a text-line (5:30–9:30 p.m.), a message board, and email. It also provides a blog, information, and resources.

Umatter – This website's message is that everybody needs help sometimes. If you are having suicidal thoughts or are worried about someone else, don't keep it to yourself. You Matter. You can get help. The website provides information about where to get help and how to talk to someone who might be suicidal and videos from other teens.

Your Life Your Voice – This site offers four ways to get help – youth can talk counselors 24/7, they can chat Monday – Friday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., text from 4–1 a.m. (CST), or send an email. There are tips on coping skills, dealing with grief, and many other important topics, a bulletin board, and videos.

College Students

The Jed Foundation – The foundation wants to promote the emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. It has a variety of programs for students, from MUV's college network to social networking sites to tours and events.

ULifeline – This is an online resource for college students dealing with mental health issues. It provides resources on many mental health topics, helps students find resources on campus and in the local area, and provides suggestions how to help a friend.

LGBT Youth

It Gets Better Project – This project wants to let lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth know that life will get better. The project also inspires youth to make needed changes in order to feel better. It offers a resource center, tweets, and inspirational videos from members. Youth can record their own story on a camera and share it with other members.

Trans Lifeline – The Trans Lifeline is a hotline run by transgender people for transgender people. They are dedicated to the wellbeing of transgender people and want to support you.

The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13–24. Its website has information about the signs of suicide and a way to connect online with other LGBTQ youth. The Trevor Helpline is a 24-hour toll-free suicide hotline at 1-866-488-7386. TrevorChat is for online crisis chat 6 hours a day. Trevor Text is for texting on Fridays late afternoon to early evening. Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200.

Native Youth

We R Native – We R Native is for native youth, by native youth. You can also post anonymous questions on the “Ask Auntie” message board.

You Are Not Alone Network – This website offers a Native Youth Crisis Hotline. The site also includes videos, information on state and national resources, elder's wisdom, an illustrated story, and videos.

Teens Experiencing Bulling

Teens Against Bullying – This website tells bullied youth that they are not alone. It offers stories, videos, poetry, and artwork from bullied teens, encourages teens to reach out and to tell an adult, informs them of their rights, and helps them develop an action plan.

When a Friend Dies

When a Friend Dies: Guidelines for Students – This document provides suggestions to youth as to how to deal with a friend's suicide and how to help one's friends. The suggestions come from youth and from experts.

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