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The National Crisis Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

Crisis Text Line

To text with a live trained Crisis Counselor, text HOME to 741741.

All calls are confidential, or dial 911 in an emergency.

How Parents Can Help Youth & Adolescents Experiencing a Mental Illness:

  • Remain sensitive to your youth's moods & behavior and any changes.

  • Monitor symptoms and responses to medication.

  • Provide encouragement and support for self-care.

  • Talk with other care-givers.

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

1) ASK: "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"  While it is not an easy question to ask, studies show that asking the ? does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

2) KEEP THEM SAFE: Reduce access to lethal items or place.


3) BE THERE: Listen carefully. Acknowledge their feelings.


4) HELP THEM CONNECT: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number in your phone so it is there when you need it. 1-800-273-8255


5) STAY CONNECTED: Follow up. Stay in touch after a crisis or being discharged from care.

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