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Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Learn More About Youth Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a public health problem affecting people of all ages, but it seems especially tragic when it takes the life of a young person. The information provided here is not a substitute for getting advice from your doctor. It is intended only as an introduction to suicide prevention.

For more information about suicide, please visit the resource section of this website. It contains links to other websites with a wealth of information about suicide prevention.

Quick Information About Youth Suicide

Why?
Suicide is complex and there is no single answer to the question of “why” someone kills themselves. We know there are factors that put some young people at higher risk for suicide and factors that help protect or balance out those risk factors.

The Washington State Youth Suicide Prevention Program offers a short on-line exploration of why some teens kill themselves. (This movie requires Flash 6.0 plug-in, and will open in a new window. If you don't have Flash 6.0, download the free plug-in from Macromedia.)

Know the Warning Signs
• Talking, reading, or writing about suicide/death
• Talking about feeling worthless or helpless
• Saying “I’m going to kill myself,”  “I wish I was dead,” or “I shouldn’t have been born”
• Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
• Giving things away or returning borrowed items
• Self destructive or reckless behavior
• Significant changes in behavior
• Running away
• Seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means

How To Help
Question Ask the Question – “Are you thinking about suicide?”
Persuade Listen first; Offer hope
Refer Get the person to accept help – offer support in obtaining help
Learn more about how to help.

Where To Get Help
• Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• Find a behavioral health professional on the Nebraska Network of Care (http://nebraska.networkofcare.org)