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I'm worried about a child

Educate yourself on the warning signs and indicators. More information on risk factors, warning signs, and indicators that someone may be experiencing suicidal ideology can be found through our site here

Don't be afraid to interveneOne of the best ways to prevent suicide among teens is by talking about the issue. Providing good information, removing the stigma, and letting the child know that they can talk to you about their feelings and/or concerns about their friends can be among the easiest and best ways to help ensure their safety. For more information on how to talk to kids about suicide, visit our Suicide Among Youth Populations page.

If you think your friend is a danger to themselves or others, contact one of the following support lines:
911
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Anne Arundel County Warm Line: 410-768-5522
CRISIS Text Line: Text "START" to 741-74


I want to get educated
 
Learn more about suicide through the information provided on the pages listed under "Understanding Suicide." Knowing the risk factors and indicators of someone experiencing suicidal ideation is very important in intervention, as is knowing how to talk to the child (tips of how to do so can be found here). Equally important is knowing the protective factors and skills that can be instilled in children from a young age to teach them to cope with negative feelings before they turn into suicidal thoughts. For more information on how to instill these skills in children, visit our Protective Factors & Resiliency page.

There are many books and articles written that target suicide prevention in the adolescent/teen population. Some great examples include:

This website features books, videos and other resources developed by Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S. Ed. Parents, teens and professionals will find resources that help promote resilience in young people.   

Child Survivors of Suicide: A Guidebook for Those Who Care for Them
Rebecca Parkin and Karen Dunne-Maxim

Available through AFSP, this practical guide offers guidance for family members, educators, and others seeking to help young survivors.


Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
Sarah S. Montgomery and Susan M. Coale
A well researched, thoughtful guide for parents and caregivers who are supporting grieving children and families after a death by suicide.

Twelve Essential Coping Strategies Every Child Can Use When Life Gets Hard
Michael Grose

Resilience and Coping Strategies in Adolescents

Nancy R Ahern, Pamela Ark, Jacqueline Byers


You can find more books and articles on our Materials page.


Get trained: There are many different trainings available on the topic of suicide prevention. Detailed descriptions and information on a few of the trainings the YSA delivers can be found on our Trainings page.


I want to get involved
 
YSA A great way to get involved with Suicide Prevention in our community is through the YSA. You can find more information regarding this organization and membership under Welcome to the YSA. Our meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday on the month. If you are interested in attending YSA Meetings and getting more involved with our organization, contact our chair at office@achoicetolive.org.

AFSP The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a national organization with local chapters. The Maryland AFSP chapter is based out of Washington D.C, and sponsors events through the entire state of Maryland. One of the most well-known events is The Out of the Darkness Walk. Anne Arundel County will be hosting the Annapolis walk on September 12 at the city dock; you can find more information here. For more information on how to volunteer with the local chapter, email RNewComb@agsp.org or call (646) 632-5189. 



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