We are dedicated to working with teens affected by suicide to ensure they have the tools to make themselves happy, be emotionally healthy and find inner peace. One way we do this is by sharing sites we believe will be helpful to teens and the people who support and empower them.
- The Trevor Project: The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. Connect with a volunteer who can support you in your concerns and questions at Trevor Chat.
- The Mayo Clinic: In October 2011 – they released a new tool to help parents and doctors identify signs of mental illness in children – and minimize the chance of alarming the parents of healthy children. The list of 11 “action signs” is written in non-clinical language and is designed to make it easier for parents to catch signs of mental illness early and decide whether to seek help. You can find the tool here.
- Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Teen Health website provides information to help teens survive trauma and manage traumatic stress in addition to giving general health, emotional health and sexual health information.
- To Write Love On Her Arms [TWLOHA] is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Visit their website.
- Kara is a Bay Area-based direct service, grief support organization that provides emotional support and information to adults, teenagers and children who are grieving a death or coping with a life-threatening illness.
- Face It Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with men to understand and overcome depression through education, online tools and peer support.
- The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention [AFSP] is a national non-profit dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. Check out their website for stats and additional resources.
- The Center of Disease Control [CDC] is an excellent online source for credible health information. They have good information on teens + suicide.
A quote we love …
“A person dying of suicide, dies, as does the victim of physical illness or accident, against his or her will. People die from physical heart attacks, strokes, cancer, AIDS, and accidents. Death by suicide is the same, except that we are dealing with an emotional heart attack, an emotional stroke, emotional AIDS, emotional cancer and an emotional fatality” (Suicide is the most misunderstood of all deaths, para.8) Father Ron Rolheiser