Resources for Talking to Young People About Mental Health and Suicide

As a parent or caregiver, you play a pivotal role in your teen’s life—not just in providing care and support but also in guiding them through difficult conversations and emotional challenges. Talking about suicide openly and compassionately can help break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues, encouraging teens to share their feelings and seek help when they need it.

It’s about creating a safe space where your teen feels valued and understood, ensuring they know that their feelings are valid and that there’s help available when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

The resources below provide some foundational knowledge and tools to begin a conversation about suicide with your teenager. The goal isn’t to have all the answers, but to listen actively, offer support, and guide them towards professional help if needed.

If you or your teen needs someone to talk to, please reach out to a CHC Care Coordinator to set up a free 30-minute consultation.

For immediate assistance, call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, a free, confidential 24/7 phone line that connects individuals in crisis with trained counselors across the United States.

Voices of Compassion Podcasts

Suicide Prevention

Teen Suicide: What Parents Need to Know

Girls & Mental Health

Articles for Parents and Caregivers

12 Things Parents Can Do to Help Prevent Suicide

Talking To Adolescents and Teens About Mental Health

Teen Suicide: Understanding the Risk and Getting Help

How to Talk to Children and Teens About Suicide: A Guide for Parents

Talking to Teens: Suicide Prevention

Depression: Conversation Starters

Article for Teens

Talk About Mental Health: For Young People Looking for Help

Resources with Downloadable Tip Sheets or Handouts

Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain [downloadable]

Warning Signs of Suicide [downloadable]

Frequently Asked Questions About Suicide [downloadable]

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