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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– Exhibiting a sudden and unexplained improvement in mood after being depressed or     withdrawn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

          LOCAL:

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

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

          NATIONAL:

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
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: www.imalive.org

Crisis Text Line: www.crisistextline.org or Text “home” to 741-741 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

Umatter

Your Life Your Voice

Social Media Campaigns that Promote Help-seeking

#BeThe1To

Take 5 to Save Lives

Bellingham School District Technology Resources

 

Apps

A Friend Asks

MY3

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

NAMI

Mental Health Facts CHILDREN & TEENS