Suicide Prevention for Teens

Suicidal Thoughts: Facts

TALK TO SOMEONE. If you have been feeling helpless, hopeless and have thought about suicide, you must do whatever you can to get help. It may seem really hard to reach out but you can do it. Once you connect with someone and tell them about your feelings, you will feel less alone

Contact NYC Well for Support

NYC Well has a staff of trained mental health professionals that can help callers find the most appropriate mental health and substance abuse services for their needs. Services include counseling, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, peer support, referrals to care, assistance in connecting to the referral, and follow-up services. NYC Well is free and confidential and operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week via phone, text, and internet chat. NYC Well is multilingual and multicultural:

  • 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
  • 1-888-692-9355 (Español)
  • 1-888-692-9355 (中文)
  • 711 (TTY for hearing impaired)

You can also text WELL to 65173 or go to NYC Well, an online resource for individuals, families and agencies in need of help and information.

Finding the words

It may be hard to find the words to describe what you’re feeling and thinking. Try saying something like,

“I’m thinking of doing…”

 “I’ve been feeling like this for…”

“School has been…”

If the person doesn’t take you seriously, then find someone else who will listen to you.

Call 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355). Explain what you are thinking. They will listen without judgment and help you sort things out. These calls are confidential.

Do things that will distract you from your problems. if nothing seems like fun anymore, try doing some of the stuff that you enjoy or used to enjoy. Watch a movie, call a friend, go for a walk, listen to music. Consider writing in a journal to become more comfortable expressing your thoughts.

See Rosa's story

If You Have Thought About Suicide (PDF)

Talking to a friend who is suicidal (PDF)

Warning Signs of Suicide (PDF)

If your friend talks about ending their life (PDF)

More Resources

  • The Samaritans Suicide Prevention Hotline: (212) 673-3000. 
  • Samariteens (800)-252-8336: this teen help line provides confidential peer support and understanding to teens who are struggling with feelings of depression, loneliness and stress. From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends, this service is staffed by volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18; outside those hours, calls are answered by adult volunteers.
  • GLBT National Youth Talkline 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743) Monday thru Friday from 8pm to Midnight, or
    email: youth@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org. Our telephone volunteers are in their teens and early twenties, and we speak with teens and young adults up to age 25 about coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more.
  • The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. 1-866-488-7386
  • Yanira's story: information for Latina teens
  • Charles B. Wang Community Health Center for Asian teens
  • Comunlife: mental health resources for diverse populations - La Vida es Preciosa
  • National Crime Prevention Council: Cyberbullying resources for teens
  • Pacer Center Bullying awareness resources for kids and teens with disabilities and Teens Against Bullying
  • The Jed Foundation: ULIfeline for college students who are feeling suicidal
  • S.A.F.E. Alternatives: to help end cutting, self-abuse, self-harm. Call 800-DONTCUT or 800-366-8288 or email: http://www.selfinjury.com/contactus.html
  • Reach Out USA: inspiring stories of teens living with depression, eating disorders, body image, bullying, stress, conflict, drugs and alcohol and how they cope.
  • What a Difference a Friend Makes (SAHMSA): Read real-life stories in English, Spanish and Chinese; visit the online forum to chat with people dealing with similar problems