If you are in crisis and need immediate support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Suicide Prevention Resource Guide
Death by suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10-34 in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The foundation estimates approximately 45,000 Americans die by suicide each year — that’s an average of 123 suicides per day. These numbers, however, are thought to be much higher.
Despite the high rate of death by suicide among Americans, roughly 40 percent of people with a mental health condition don’t receive medical attention, estimates a 2014 review. Researchers found that stigma is one of the leading reasons why people don’t seek help.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, know you’re not alone and help is out there. Below is a resource guide that includes hotlines, websites, and other methods of support including the UpStreet live chat.
Teen Suicide Prevention: How to Listen, Assess, and Guide Teens in Crisis
Reading for Parents
“Everything you wanted to know about your child’s mental health but are afraid to ask”
JFCS Counseling Services has also developed a handbook, Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Child’s Mental Health But Are Afraid To Ask. The information in the handbook is provided to educate families about mental health and guide them through an often difficult journey.
You can read an electronic copy of this handbook below. Hard copies are available at no charge from JFCS Counseling Services. You may want to share them with colleagues, families, teachers and others.
This handbook was made possible through the generosity of the Seed family in memory of Alex Edward Seed, and funded by the Alex Seed Mental Health Fund with assistance from Rodef Shalom Congregation.
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Important Phone Numbers
Both toll-free, 24-hour, confidential hotlines which connect you to a trained counselor at the nearest suicide crisis center.
Walk-in crisis center
333 North Braddock Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Textline Text HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project: 866-4-U-TREVOR
The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Helpline is available as a resource to parents, family members and friends of young people as well. Visit TheTrevorProject.org for more information and resources for young people, including “Dear Trevor,” an online Q&A forum for non-time sensitive questions.