Developed by Study.com, this Mental Health Guide for High School Students offers in-depth information in several areas, including:
- A long list of actionable steps teens can take for mental health (exercise, diet, sleep, sharing feelings).
- A variety of resources designed to help high school students tackle common mental health issues.
- Mental health strategies for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you’re having thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself, please know that these thoughts by themselves aren’t dangerous, but how you respond to them can make all the difference. Support is available. Anyone can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-273-8255 (en español, 1-888-628-9454; TTY, 1-800-799-4889). Press 1 for the Veterans Crisis Line. In Connecticut, call 211 for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline services, or youth or adult mobile crisis
Don’t feel like talking on the phone? Try Lifeline Crisis Chat (www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat) or the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME or CT to 741741 or the Veterans Crisis Line by texting 838255.
Are you concerned someone else might be at risk of suicide?
This person is fortunate you are paying attention. Here are four easy steps you can take to help:
Show you care. This looks different depending on who you are and your relationship, but let the person know you have noticed something has changed and that their well-being matters to you. If appropriate, let them tell you how they are feeling and why.
Ask the question. Make sure you both understand whether this problem is about suicide. “Are you thinking about suicide?”
Make the environment safer. Help the person remove dangerous objects and substances from the places they live and spend time.
Get help. This person may know who they want to talk to (a therapist, their guardian, their partner). You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 800-273-8255 for advice about how to help your loved one and how to get support yourself. Don’t feel like talking on the phone? Try Lifeline Crisis Chat (www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat) or the Crisis Text Line by texting CT to 741741.