We want to encourage everyone just to take a few minutes to read this information, provided by the American Psychological Association.
In addition, look over the following information, which includes local resources.
Youth Suicide Warning Signs
YOUTH SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS: (Information for Friends, Parents, Healthcare Providers: www.youthsuicidewarningsigns.org)
- Talking about or making plans for suicide
- Expressing hopelessness about the future
- Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
- Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:
- Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
- Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
- Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
- Recent increased agitation or irritability
If you know someone who has any of the warning signs, there are things that you can do to help:
1. Ask them if they are okay and listen to them like a true friend.
2. Tell them you are worried and concerned about them and that they are not alone.
3. Talk to an adult you trust about your concerns.
If you are the parent of someone who has these warning signs:
1. Ask if they are ok or if they are having thoughts of suicide
2. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
3. Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
4. Reflect on what they share and let them know they have been heard
5. Tell them they are not alone
6. Let them know there are treatments available that can help
7. Guide them to professional help
For emergencies related to suicide danger:
- Call 911.
- Go the nearest hospital emergency department. UAB and Children’s of Alabama are among the emergency departments that are staffed to deal with suicidal emergencies at all times.
Crisis Center (Birmingham)
- Crisis line: (205) 323-7777. Information on the web here.
- TEEN LINK: Call (205) 328-5465. You may now text at 205-328-5465. Text counseling is available from 10 am – 10 pm every day.
Children’s of Alabama PSYCHIATRIC INTAKE RESPONSE CENTER
Phone triage services are provided to anyone with a youth-oriented mental health concern. Staff assesses the mental health needs of the child or teen based on the adult caller’s description or in-person intake assessment and determines the appropriate level of care needed.
- 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
- Call 205-638-7472 (PIRC)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
For Mental Health Care
- If you or your friend/family member is not in immediate danger, seek out mental health evaluation and care.
- Start with your pediatrician or physician. Your doctor will be able to assist in getting an appointment with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other licensed mental health professional.
Father, we know that we must suffer from illness,
Help us remember that those who struggle with depression
suffer from illness and deserve our support, love, and prayers.
We pray for peace of mind. We pray that all who suffer from illness
receive the care and support they deserve.
We pray that all your children are delivered from despair.
We pray that all who are in danger of suicide
will find a way to embrace life.
Blessed be the poor in spirit.