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Help Prevent Suicide in Children and Adolescents

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about suicide prevention for my child?

Your child may see suicide as the only way to escape emotional or physical pain and suffering. You can help provide emotional support for your child and get the help he or she needs. Learn to recognize warning signs that your child may be considering suicide. Resources are available to help you and your child.

Where can I go for more help if I think my child is considering suicide?

Contact a suicide prevention organization:

What should I do if I think my child is considering suicide?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if you feel your child is at immediate risk of suicide. Also call if he or she talks about an active suicide plan. Assume that your child intends to carry out the plan. The following are some things you can do:

What warning signs should I watch for?

Your child may injure himself or herself in an attempt to feel better. These actions are often a sign that he or she needs help. Do not ignore injuries or any of the following warning signs:

What may increase my child's risk for suicide?

How will healthcare providers help my child?

What treatment may my child need?

What can I do to help my child?

Connections, support, and safety are all important in suicide prevention for children and adolescents. Do not make your child feel you are judging him or her. Do not tell your child that his or her suicide would be hard on you or others. Tell your child you are here to support and help him or her. The following are ways you and others can help your child:

Where can I find support and more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my child's therapist or pediatrician?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your or his or her healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child.The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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