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I'm worried about a friend
 
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

Wake Forest University also offers an excellent Online Guide for Suicide Prevention that includes signs, prevention, and ways to access help and other supports. 

Don't be afraid to intervene
One of the best ways to prevent suicide among teens is by talking about the issue. Providing good information, removing the stigma, and letting your friend know that they can talk to you about their feelings can be among the easiest and best ways to help ensure their safety.

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."

There are many books and articles written about suicide that target the adolescent/young adult population. Some great examples include:
 
Susan Kuklin
First hand accounts of young people describing their agonizing grief and struggle to understand and cope with the devastation following the suicide of a loved one is designed to help other survivors deal with their own upheaval and prevent other deaths.


Francis Chalifour
Nominated for the Canadian Governor General's Literary Awards in 2005, this autobiographical novel tells the story of 15-year-old Francis, whose father took his own life. It explores Francis’s struggles with guilt, anger, and profound sadness, and his search for hope, during the first year after his father’s suicide.

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 uses can be found on our Trainings page.


I want to get involved
 
Organize a "No Room for Error" Event
NRFE is a youth-oriented event designed to educate middle, high-school or college aged youth on stress management, positive coping and suicide prevention. You can partner with the YSA to hold an event for your school, group, organization or community or plan one on your own. See our NRFE Toolkit page for all the info!

Join or establish a local SADD Chapter 
 SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence and teen suicide. There are currently 7,500+ SADD Chapters in middle school, high school and college with chapter advisors for each, and more than 7 million students in schools who already have an established SADD chapter. To find out if your school has an existing chapter, a good place to start would be your school counseling office.

If you are interested in starting a new chapter, you can find detail information on the SADD website and/or contact Heather Eshleman at the Anne Arundel County Health Department at hdeshl00@aacounty.org or Mandi Larkins at Pathways at alarkins1@aahs.org.


Join or establish an Active Minds Chapter
Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the nonprofit organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.

You can find more information on finding out whether your school has an existing chapter or creating a new chapter at http://www.activeminds.org/get-involved/student-chapters.


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