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Save. Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

 

Be That Friend

Sometimes, being a friend is not enough to prevent someone from taking their own life. If someone you know may be thinking about suicide, be the friend who helps. Talk to someone you trust; a parent, teacher, school counselor or coach and get help.

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What to look for

Knowing what to look for and the warning signs of suicide and depression are crucial in being able to save a life. There are many signs that a friend may show if they are feeling that life is too much, so if a friend is talking about suicide and/or withdrawing from family, friends, or activities these may be some signs that they need help. To look at a full list of warning signs of suicide click here.

facts.JPG In addition to learning the warning signs of suicide, it is also important to learn how to identify the symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses.  90% of people who die by suicide have an existing mental illness and these illnesses have their own warning signs.  To learn more about the warning signs of depression in teens click here.

How to Help

If you think that a friend might be in danger you need to act immediately! Being extra nice to them or trying to make them feel happy is not enough to help them. You need to be more than a friend and do something that is hard and sometimes unpleasant. You can start by letting your friend know that you care and talk to an adult about your worries to make sure your friend gets the help they may need. There are many different things you can do to help a friend, to learn more click here.

If you or a friend is in immediate danger call 911.

If you or a friend is in crisis, call the
National Suicide Prevention Hotline at

1-800-273-8255.
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Being a teenager is a trying time, and suicide is one of the top causes of death for youth in the United States. If one of your friends is considering suicide because life just seems too hard, there is hope.  They are not alone, and you can help.