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Learn the Facts

It's okay to not be okay. It is normal for teens and young adults to experience mental health struggles. It’s okay to admit if you are having a hard time.

Remember: talking about depression doesn’t make it worse. Reach out. Be a good listener. Let people know they matter.

Understand the warning signs, what to do, and statistics about suicide.

Warning Signs


The person talks about:

  • Wanting to die or to kill oneself. “I wish I were dead.”

  • Feeling hopeless or having no reason to live. “I can’t take it anymore.”

  • Feeling trapped or unbearable pain.

  • Feeling like a burden to others. “People would be better off without me.”


The person:

  • Uses more alcohol or drugs, or has developed an eating disorder.

  • Is reckless, risky, or impulsive.

  • Is self-harming.

  • Searches for a way to kill oneself, like buying a gun, searching online, or stockpiling pills.

  • Sleeps too much or too little.

  • Withdraws or isolates themselves.

  • Says goodbye to others or gives away possessions.


The person shows:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Rage, uncontrolled anger or aggression

  • Extreme mood swings

  • Irritability

What You Can Do

Talk to a friend that you suspect is struggling. Say things like:

How are you? I’ve noticed you’ve been acting differently. What are you struggling with?

You're a great friend and part of my life. I want to see how you're doing. How are you really feeling?

I care about you. You’ve mentioned you’ve been struggling lately. What can I do to help?

If you need help, reach out to a friend. Say something like:

I feel really alone right now. Would you mind keeping me company?


  • Listen and don’t be judgemental, angry or shocked.

  • Tell them you care and they’re not alone.

  • Tell them depression is treatable and that even the worst problems can be worked out.

  • Don’t tell them you’ll keep suicidal thoughts or plans a secret.

  • If the situation is life threatening, stay with the person and call 911 or 988.

  • If the situation is not life-threatening, help the person find a counselor or trusted adult.

Statisics About Suicide


of high school students have attempted suicide.


1 in 10

young adults (age 18-25) have had serious thoughts about suicide.


1 in 5

high school students have had serious thoughts about suicide.



of those who died by suicide in 2020 had a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death.


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