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Teen LifeLine: 602.248.TEEN or 800.248.TEEN

In March of 2006, my world was turned upside down as I learned my then nine year old had not only considered hurting himself, but also had a suicide plan. I don’t know if I could have gotten through it had it not been the support I received from friends in response to a rather cryptic prayer request…

GLBT Youth are not the only ones who are bullied or at risk for suicide. Teen Lifeline offers peer counseling for teens and those concerned about teens. Please add 602.248.TEEN to your child’s cell phone so that he or she has someone to call if they or a friend are in trouble (see the graph below). If you live outside Arizona and can’t find a local resource for support, you’ll find some national numbers below as well.

Suicide Information

Suicide can be prevented. Most teenagers don’t want to die. The majority of those considering suicide give some sort of clue. Many young people don’t think about suicide as being permanent.

ARIZONA FACTS

  • Each year, nearly 26,400 teens in Arizona attempt suicide.
  • Arizona ranks 3rd in the nation for teen suicide.
  • Each year since 1985, Arizona has ranked in the top 10 states for teens who completed suicide.

SUICIDE RISKS

  • Breakup of the family including divorce and separation.
  • Moving after establishing meaningful relationships.
  • Experiencing a loss like a break-up, end of a relationship, or intense friendship.
  • Pressure to attain unrealistic goals by self or others.
  • Pressure to use drugs, alcohol, or engage in other destructive behaviors

WARNING SIGNS

  • Statements like “I just want to go to sleep and never wake up”
  • Statements indicating worthlessness or desire of death like “Everyone would be better off if I were dead”
  • Depression or sadness lasting for more than two weeks
  • Sudden and drastic changes in personality
  • Behavior such as sleeping, eating or grooming in excess
  • Giving away personal belongings that have special meanings
  • Saying a final goodbye to family and friends or leaving a goodbye note
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Using drugs and alcohol increases impulsivity and the risk of suicide

WHEN A FRIEND TALKS OF SUICIDE

Listen:
Let your friend tell you about their situation and feelings. Don’t give advice or try to find a simple solution. Really listen to what they are trying to tell you.

Be Honest:
If your friend’s words or actions scare you, say so. Your discussion will not encourage your friend to go through with their plan. Let your friend know you care.

Share Feelings:
At times everyone has felt sad, hurt, or depressed. You know what it feels like. Let your friend know that they are not alone and that you care.

Get Help:
If you keep this secret you could lose your friend forever. Try to get them to talk to an adult they trust. If they won’t, talk to someone yourself or call Teen Lifeline.

If you or someone you know needs help or needs to talk;

PLEASE CALL:
IN MARICOPA COUNTY
602-248-TEEN

OUTSIDE MARICOPA COUNTY
1-800-248-TEEN

OUTSIDE ARIZONA/NATIONALLY
1-877-YOUTHLINE

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-SUICIDE

This graph shows the topics teens generally discuss when they call the hotline.

Support:

For more information on specific teen issues, please visit the following web sites as well:

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