In a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of people ages 18-24 reported considering suicide because of the pandemic. Currently, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-34.
You can help prevent suicide by sharing these resources with the families you serve:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support at 1-800-273-8255
- Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7 at the Crisis Text Line
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers a helpline staffed by volunteers who have mental health conditions: 800-950-6264
- Warm Lines provides peer support on a local level
- Call the Disaster Distress helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- This free mental health assessment can help parents decide if their child may be struggling with depression and in need of professional support
- Click here to read KVC blogs about suicide prevention, including warning signs to watch for, risk factors for self-harm in youth, how to talk to kids about suicide, inspiring stories of youth who have achieved mental health wellness, and more
And as always, KVC Hospitals is here to help with any mental health needs the families and children you work with may face.