In adolescence, many changes can seem overwhelming, given the novelty of the situation and lack of prior experience. Many teens face distressing problems that lead to intense feelings of hopelessness and depression.
Sometimes, these emotions lead to teens considering taking their own life, or the act of suicide.
Currently, suicide is America's third leading cause of death for young adults between the ages of 10-24. Yet, it is also one of the most preventable causes of death out there, with many medical interventions that can help everywhere.
There are many symptoms that can indicate possible suicide, such as references to death, dramatic changes in personality, low self-esteem, a sense of hopelessness, and many others.
Encourage anyone you know who exhibits these symptoms to get help immediately.
Suicide & Crisis Hotlines
In case of emergency, contact 9-1-1.
San Mateo County
North County: 1-(650)-579-0350
South County: 1-(650)-368-6655
Santa Clara County
Santa Cruz County
National Hopeline Network
1-(800)-SUICIDE or 1-(800)-784-2433
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-(800)-273-TALK or 1-(800)-273-8255
For more California suicide hotlines, refer to: Suicide.org.
Below are links PAMF accessed when researching this topic. PAMF does not sponsor or endorse any of these sites, nor does PAMF guarantee the accuracy of the information contained on them.
Breaking Through the Static: Support for teens who've lost a loved one to suicide. This program includes group support, retreats, and camps.
Suicide.org: Non-profit organization in California to provide support, spread awareness, and prevent suicide.
Preventing Teen Suicide, WebMD.
Suicide & Suicidal Behavior, NY Times.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: