These resources are listed in alphabetical order.
What is 988?
On July 16th, 988 will become the nationwide 3-digit dialing code for Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention. 988 will connect people to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Compassionate, accessible care and support will be available for anyone experiencing mental health-related distress, thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.
Starting Monday, March 6, 2023, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline LGBTQ+ pilot line is now available 24/7 by texting 988 and by chat at https://988lifeline.org/chat/) in addition to the “press 3” option available by phone 24/7.
Callers to 988 Lifeline are prompted to press “3” if they are interested in accessing the pilot by call. Individuals can indicate their interest in LGBTQ+-affirming counseling by texting Q if they are texting or indicating interest in the pre-chat survey if using online chat.
Expanding the LGBTQ+ youth pilot line is one step of an ongoing effort to strengthen partnerships and services that enhance access to crisis care for historically marginalized populations at higher risk of suicide. Vibrant is currently developing partnerships and programs to provide enhancement in services for Native peoples and Tribal Communities, Black, and brown communities, older adults, people living in rural areas, and people with functional disabilities.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes it feels as though your struggle is being underestimated by your age. But we hear you, and help is available.
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The aftermath of a suicide attempt can be filled with raw and complicated emotions. Finding hope after surviving a suicide attempt is possible. Whether you have had recent history with an attempt or your experience was in the past, the Lifeline is available for support, 24/7.
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The suicide rate among Black youth has been found to be increasing faster than any other racial/ethnic group. Black adults living below the poverty line are more than twice as likely to report serious psychological distress than those with more financial security. Additionally, members of the Black community face structural racism, leading to barriers to access for the care and treatment they need. Only one in three Black adults who need mental health care receive it.
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Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help children and youth who are experiencing emotional or behavioral crises. The services are designed to defuse an immediate crisis, keep children and their families safe, and maintain the children in their own homes or current living situation (such as a foster home, treatment home or group home) in the community.
Nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. Call: 1-800-950-6264 or text NAMI to 741741
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#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, spreading the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. Please review and share widely.
The five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal are supported by evidence in the field of suicide prevention.
A Young Person’s Guide for Communicating Safely about Suicide Online.
AAKOMA builds the consciousness of youth of color and their caregivers on the recognition and importance of mental health, empowers youth and their families to seek help and manage mental health, and influences systems and services to receive and address the needs of youth of color and their families.
Active Minds was founded by Alison Malmon when she was a junior at the University of Pennsylvania following the suicide of her older brother, and only sibling, Brian. Active Minds was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in late 2003. National organization impacting young adults and mental health. Now in more than 1,000 campuses and communities, we directly reach more than 1.9 million people each year through awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more.
More Than Sad has taught over a million students and educators how to be smarter about mental health.
Learn more about each program and purchase More Than Sad to receive the two More Than Sad films, Teen Depression and Preventing Teen Suicide below. All programs may be delivered in person or virtually.
Dr. Matt Wintersteen, Associate Professor, Director Research at Thomas Jefferson University, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior talks about asking young people “are you okay?” and being prepared for the answer. Dr. Wintersteen has also received a research grant from AFSP.
Informative PDF detailing the best way to help a friend who is in need of support.
JED empowers teens and young adults by building resiliency and life skills, promoting social connectedness, and encouraging help-seeking and help-giving behaviors through our nationally recognized programs, digital channels, and partnerships, as well as through the media. JED strengthens schools by working directly with high schools, colleges, and universities — representing millions of students — to put systems, programs, and policies in place to create a culture of caring that protects student mental health, builds life skills, and makes it more likely that struggling students will seek help and be recognized, connected to care, and supported. We mobilize communities by providing education, training, and tools to families, friends, media, and others.
The U.S. has a youth mental health crisis. School mental health services help address the crisis. Through our School Mental Health Initiative, the MHTTC Networks aims to accelerate the implementations of effective mental health services in schools.
My Life is Worth Living includes five powerful stories told over 20 episodes. In each episode, relatable teen characters wrestle with challenges that are all too familiar for many viewers and discover strategies to cope when it feels like their own thoughts are against them. Over the course of each character’s journey, they realize that life is worth living.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
We really do. In fact, we made all of this just for you. You’re that important. We hope you can feel our support. This is an online pledge and other resources helping youth feel loved and supported.
Promly is a social enterprise that aims to unify a generation by empowering human connectedness and providing holistic support and education for GenZ in places they will naturally gravitate to, both online and offline.
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Our mission is to break the grip of emotional isolation that is killing our young people. We do this by expanding and delivering measurable, science-based programs that fill critical gaps and equip America’s youth with the skills they need to thrive.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is dedicated to increasing awareness, saving lives and reducing the stigma of suicide through specialized training programs and resources that empower teens, parents and educational leaders with the skills needed to help youth build a life of resiliency.
The Society of Prevention of Teen Suicide’s public service announcement (PSA) contest invites high school students to submit their own PSA focused on youth suicide prevention.
Check out the past winners here: SPTS PSA Winners
Check back here soon to enter your submission to the 2023 SPTS PSA contest!
Are you feeling depressed, anxious or alone? Do you feel your family or friends can’t understand what you are going through? Do you feel like you are a burden? Do you have a friend or a loved one experiencing these feelings?
AFSP has partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics to create several new resources for teens and their parents/caregivers.
Suicide CAN be prevented. This guide is meant to help you recognize signs of mental health concerns in yourself or your friends. It will also show you how to have important conversations that can help you get the right support.
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is dedicated to the prevention of the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth.
The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Right at this moment, there are students of color who are failing academically, suffering emotionally and/OR in some cases are facing serious risk, because population-specific factors influencing mental health are too poorly understood and not acted upon.
Since 2000, the TLC has been providing support to communities affected by traumatic events such as homicide and illness; the most difficult being suicide.
AFSP supports increased awareness and promotion of mental health and suicide prevention resources on university and college campuses for faculty, staff, students, and their families.
Youth Aware of Mental health, also known as YAM, is a school-based program for young people ages 13 to 17, in which they learn about and explore the topic of mental health. YAM is an evidence-based program taking place in classrooms around the world. Students actively engage with the topic of mental health through role-play and student-led discussions.
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
In recognition of the current youth mental health crisis, the New Jersey Department of Children and Families has two public service announcements it is sharing this month to acknowledge September as Suicide Awareness Month and the start of a new school year. The first is our new PSA, illustrating how youth can seek help. This PSAs was created with youth participation and parents also participated in the creation of the CSOC PSA.