Adolescence can be intense. These years can be both amazing and tough. Emotional and social changes go right along with all the physical changes. These are the times when students are striving for independence and establishing stronger bonds with friends. They might be worried about grades, relationships, fitting in with a group at school or body image. Some teens feel depression or hopelessness because they are in situations that are truly beyond any teen’s coping skills – sexual abuse, an alcoholic or drug addicted parent, or other serious family problems.
Feelings of isolation and depression can result. While adolescent females are less likely to attempt suicide than their male counterparts, they are more prone to thoughts of suicide and suicide attempts. Having continual thoughts of suicide indicate a more serious problem. Having a specific plan about how one would commit suicide is even more serious. There is help out there. Tell your parents or another trusted adult what is going on and how you are feeling.
If you are very concerned about yourself or someone you care about and feel they are in immediate danger, please call 911. They will help!
Hotlines & Resources
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. Call 988.
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line provides free 24/7 support via text message. We’re here for everything: anxiety, depression, suicide, school. Text HOME to 741741.
If you have a problem or just want to talk to another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! Teens helping teens for 34 years! Call 800-852-8336 or text TEEN to 839863.
TrevorLifeline is a national toll-free confidential crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service for LGBTQ youth. Available 24/7/365. Call 1-866-488-7386. TrevorText provides confidential text messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7/365. Text START to 678-678.
Youth Help Network
Youth Help Network provides free, short-term services and support to all youth ages 16 – 25 years old in Sacramento County. For questions or to connect to services, please call or text (916) 860-9819. YHN is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. Call 800-656-HOPE(4673).
Trans Lifeline Hotline
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for our trans and questioning peers. We believe that some of the best support that trans people can receive is from trans community members with shared lived experience. Call us if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans. When you call, you’ll speak to a trans/nonbinary peer operator. Full anonymity & confidentiality. Call 877-565-8860.
Crisis Support Apps
Teen Talk Mobile App
Teen Talk Mobile App is a free app where teens can get support for whatever they may be dealing with from a trained teen. It is a safe, non-judgmental space where you can anonymously post your issue at any time and get support from a trained teen from 6 to 10pm Pacific time. On Teen Talk, teens can talk about anything from anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, school… whatever may be causing you stress or worry. Don’t bottle it up – reach out and talk to a Teen Talk peer! Download the app, call 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336), or text “TEEN” to 839863.
The notOK App is a free digital panic button to get you immediate support via text, phone call, or GPS location when you’re struggling to reach out. It takes the guesswork out of asking for help when you’re feeling vulnerable. We’ll notify your trusted contacts that they’ve been selected as your support group, so when the time comes and you need to reach out, you’ll just have to open the app and press the large, red notOK button. Download the notOK app.
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