The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) A teen-specific suicide prevention lifeline is the one run by Boys Town National Hotline (for everyone, not just men), available 24 hours a day.
You can also send this hotline an email and they will respond within 48 hours.
Talking tips: The world, sadly, provides conversation starters for this subject almost daily: a rock star's overdose, a classmate's DUI.
While calling 9-1-1 is appropriate when there is imminent risk to life (such as if a teen has ingested an overdose of medication), for suicidal feelings alone, a teen suicide hotline or teen suicide chat can be a way of getting immediate help with those feelings.
There are several teen suicide prevention lines available in the United States and other helplines designed to handle additional distress (such as in cases of abuse) that may be related to suicidal feelings.
Teen suicide hotlines and teen suicide chat are available 24/7 when you need them.
When you are feeling suicidal, there is no time to wait, a suicidal teen must get help now.
Youth Helpline, Your Life Your Voice: 1-800-448-3000 Another teen suicide hotline is available specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 Keep in mind, there are also many suicide hotlines that serve only a local area as well. Of course, many teens are used to communicating via text message and so, because of this, suicide hotlines also offer teen suicide text messaging help.
This service, however, is typically not available 24 hours a day, seven days a week like the above hotlines are.
Read on for experts' and parents' best advice on getting these crucial conversations going.
Drugs & Alcohol In theory, this conversation should last all of 10 seconds.
Youth Helpline, Your Life, Your Voice offers teen suicide chat via text message from p.m.-midnight (CST) every day. Text with a counselor for free with the following carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Virgin, Cricket, Nextel, Boost, Metro PCS (standard message & data rates may apply for other carriers). (Standard text messaging rates apply.) Teen suicide prevention lines also offer online chat services.
The Trevor Project offers LGBTQ youth text chat from p.m.- p.m. This could be a convenient way to get help for suicidal feelings for those who may not be comfortable talking on the phone.
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