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Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Warning Signs:

Know the warnings and take action if you see:

Talking or writing about suicide or death
– Giving direct verbal cues, such as “I wish I were dead” and “I’m going to end it all”
– Giving less direct verbal cues, such as “You will be better off without me,” “What’s the point of living?”, “Soon you won’t have to worry about me,” and “Who cares if I’m dead, anyway?”
Isolating themselves from friends and family
– Expressing the belief that life is meaningless
Giving away prized possessions
– Exhibiting a sudden and unexplained improvement in mood after being depressed or     withdrawn
– Neglecting his or her appearance and hygiene
Dropping out of school or social, athletic, and/or community activities
Obtaining a weapon (such as a firearm) or another means of hurting themselves (such as prescription medications)



If a friend talks about hurting themselves, it’s important to A.C.T.

Acknowledge: Listen to your friend, don’t ignore their threats

Care: Let your friend know that you care about them

Tell: Tell a trusted adult that you are worried about your friend




Crisis Lines and Help Lines


Crisis Line & Whatcom County Behavioral Health Tirage Center: 1-800-584-3578

Compass Health Crisis Prevention/Intervention Team: 1-360-752-4545


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 988
Línea directa nacional de prevención del suicidio en Español 1-888-628-3454

Your Life Your Voice Teen and Young Adult Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

Teen Link Hotline (6-10PM): 1-866-833-6546 or text hello to 741741

Online Crisis Chat:

Crisis Text Line: or Text “home” to 988 24/7

Trevor Project LGBTQ+ Crisis Line – 1-866-488-7386 or Text “start” to 678-678

Care Crisis Response Services:  1-800-584-3578 or 425-258-4357

Transgender Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860



Resources on Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Risk Factors and Warning Signs

Youth Suicide Prevention (Purdue Global)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Beyond Blue: Guiding their Way Back

A Journey Toward Health and Hope

When a Friend Dies: Guidelines for Students

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Talk to Someone Now

Lifeline Crisis Chat 

I’m Hurting Crisis Chat


Your Life Your Voice

Social Media Campaigns that Promote Help-seeking


Take 5 to Save Lives

Bellingham School District Technology Resources



A Friend Asks


Suicide Safe


LGBT Youth

It Gets Better Project

Trans Lifeline

The Trevor Project


Native Youth

We R Native

You Are Not Alone Network


Teens Experiencing Bullying

Teens Against Bullying


Mental Health


Mental Health Facts CHILDREN & TEENS