Are you thinking of hurting or killing yourself?
If they say "Yes," "Maybe," or "Sometimes," say:
I'm sorry you're feeling so badly. How can I help?
We'll get through this together.
Let's keep you safe.
Make a list of three or four phone numbers of people your teens trust, along with a Suicide Hotline number 1-800-SUICIDE and have them keep it in their wallet. That way they always know where to turn.
If you think your teens are about ready to hurt themselves, don't leave them alone. Call 911 or take them to an emergency room. Reassure them of your love and remind them that they can work through whatever is going on — and you're wanting to help.