Suicide Prevention for Children and Adolescents


What do I need to know about suicide prevention? Your child may see suicide as the only way to escape emotional or physical pain and suffering. Call 911 if you feel your child is at immediate risk of suicide, or if he talks about an active suicide plan. Assume that he intends to carry out his plan. Watch for warning signs, and get him the help he needs.

What should I do if I think my child is considering suicide? Resources are available to help you and your child. You can help provide emotional support for him and get the help he needs:

What warning signs should I watch for? Your younger child may injure himself in an attempt to feel better rather than to commit suicide. These actions are often a sign that your child needs help. Do not ignore these injuries or any of the following warning signs:

What may increase my child's risk of suicide?

How will caregivers help my child?

What treatment may my child need?

How can I help my child? Do not make your child feel you are judging him or tell him that his suicide would be hard on you or others. Tell him you are here to support and help him.

Where can I find more information?

When should I contact my child's caregiver? Contact your child's caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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 caregivers to decide what care you want for yourself or 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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