Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our nation today. We believe that education and awareness are the keys to prevention. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs associated with suicide, suicide facts & statistics, and how to find help for at-risk youth. Together, we can save lives!
Remember: Never be reluctant to get involved and always take any child/adolescent’s desire or intent to harm themselves seriously. If you suspect a young person of suicidal ideation, get them to professional help immediately. Suicide is Preventable.
Visit The Jason Foundation to learn about suicide facts and stats, warning signs, risk factors, ways to get help, and additional resources.
Would you know how to help a friend who is contemplating suicide?
“A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools, and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Download the app today and encourage friends and family to do the same. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone; you could help save a life!
The “A Friend Asks” App contains the following information:
- warning signs of suicidal ideation
- how to help a friend
- how to get help now
- what to do and what not to do
- the B1 Program
If in an immediate crisis, call 911. If you, or a friend, need to talk with a counselor for help or need resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (anytime 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255) or use the Get Help Now button on the app.
Download the "A Friend Asks" App
Suicide Facts and Stats
Over-all, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24.* More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. Read more facts and stats from The Jason Foundation.
(*2018 CDC WISQARS)
Four out of five teens who attempt suicide give clear warning signs. By themselves, these observations may not sure signs that someone is suicidal, but could mean that they are struggling with issues in their lives and could use help. Learn more about the warning signs from The Jason Foundation.
Suicide does not typically have a sudden onset. There are a number of stressors that can contribute to a youth’s anxiety and unhappiness, increasing the possibility of a suicide attempt. Learn more about possible risk factors from The Jason Foundation.
If you or someone you know are experiencing a crisis, call 911.
The Jason Foundation has partnered with Crisis Text Line©, a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free. The Crisis Counselor “helps you move from a hot moment to a cool calm to stay safe and healthy using effective active listening and suggested referrals – all through text message, using Crisis Text Line’s secure platform.” Visit Crisis Text Line’s website for additional information.
If you or a friend need to talk with a counselor for help or for resources available in your area, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
Other Helpful Resources
- American Association of Suicidology
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Center for Disease Control: Suicide
- Center for Disease Control: Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System
- The Jed Foundation
- Kid Central TN
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
- National Council for Suicide Prevention
- National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (PDF)
- Samaritans USA
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
- Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
- The Trevor Project
- Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program