If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out for help immediately. If it is during school hours, you can call your counselor or the counseling office, or talk to one of your teachers or a staff member and they will get you the resources you need.
If it is after hours, please connect with one of these resources below and follow up with your counselor so we can make sure you are getting the support you need.
National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text TALK to 741741
National Suicide Prevention
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness)
Crisis Text Line
Mishelle Aguila, is our Suicide Prevention Specialist and is often available for crisis counseling. Please don't hesitate to ask for a referral from your counselor or reach out to her directly. You can reach her at email@example.com or (209)644-5381.
If you are not currently planning suicide but are feeling depressed, lonely, overwhelmed, or anything else that may lead you to consider suicide, please reach out to one of the numbers listed above and/or to your counselor or a trusted adult.
Suicide Warning Signs
Warning signs aren't always obvious, and they may vary from person to person. Some people make their intentions clear, while others keep suicidal thoughts and feelings secret. Suicide warning signs or suicidal thoughts include:
Talking about suicide — for example, making statements such as "I'm going to kill myself," "I wish I were dead" or "I wish I hadn't been born"
Getting the means to take your own life, such as buying a gun or stockpiling pills
Withdrawing from social contact and wanting to be left alone
Having mood swings, such as being emotionally high one day and deeply discouraged the next
Being preoccupied with death, dying or violence
Feeling trapped or hopeless about a situation
Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
Changing normal routine, including eating or sleeping patterns
Doing risky or self-destructive things, such as using drugs or driving recklessly
Giving away belongings or getting affairs in order when there's no other logical explanation for doing this
Saying goodbye to people as if they won't be seen again
Developing personality changes or being severely anxious or agitated, particularly when experiencing some of the warning signs listed above
Having one of more of these warning signs does not necessarily mean someone is suicidal, but is something to keep an eye on. If you are experiencing any of these things, please reach out to your counselor for help.