According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among persons aged 10-14 and the second leading cause of death among persons 15-34. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, tell a school administrator, counselor or trusted adult. DON'T keep this a secret! GET HELP!
ARE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IN CRISIS?
You are not alone, and help is available. If you are located within the U.S., visit The Lifeline
Make an anonymous CALL to one of these numbers FOR HELP.
- 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service
- 1-951-686-4357 Up to Riverside Suicide Prevention Help Line
- 1-800-843-5200 California Youth Crisis Hotline
- 1-866-488-7386 The Trevor Project crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
- 1-800-448-3000 Reach Out
What You Need to Know
Watch this suicide prevention video: "My Best Friend" created by Murrieta Valley High School students, the 2015 1st Place Region 4 Winner of the Directing Change Student Film Contest.Myth: Talking about suicide will prompt suicidal thoughts or behaviors.Fact: Suicidal people want to live, but not under the prevailing circumstances. Suicide is not about death, it's about trying to end the pain, but we know that the pain doesn't end, it is transferred to the living who are left to cope with the devastating loss.Myth: There is no link between alcohol/drug abuse and suicide.Fact: There is a strong link between alcohol/drug abuse and suicide. In fact, over 50% of youth who attempt suicide are under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time. These substances lower a persons inhibitions and increase their impulsivity.Myth: Only professionals can help someone in a suicidal crisis.Fact: ANYONE can and should help someone in a suicidal crisis by linking them to professionals. It is often the people around the suicidal person that can make all the difference.Myth: Talking about suicide will prompt suicidal thoughts or behaviors.Fact: Research shows that asking students about suicidal thoughts does not increase suicidal ideation or behavior.Myth: People who talk about suicide don't do it; it happens without warning.Fact: Suicide is often thought out and communicated to others; sadly, the clues are often ignored.
- Suicide is a complicated behavior. It is not caused by a single event such as a bad grade, an argument, or the breakup of a relationship.
- In 90% of suicides there is an underlying, treatable mental disorder like depression or substance abuse.
- Mental disorders affect the way people feel and prevent them from thinking clearly and rationally. Having a mental disorder is nothing to be ashamed of, and help is available.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention lists the risk factors for suicide and frequently asked questions.