Many people are reluctant to talk about suicide, fearing that being open about it will make more people — especially adolescents — see it as a viable way out of whatever distress they’re feeling. But evidence shows the opposite: Asking a child we are worried about if she has thoughts of killing herself can actually help prevent her from going through with it. 
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and the Child Mind Institute has some excellence resources and information about ways we can fight the sharp increase we’re seeing in adolescent suicides. They explore warning signs that a child might be feeling suicidal, ways to lower the risk of a suicide attempt, and how to help kids cope with the suicide of a classmate, as well as their own painful feelings.

Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

How Are Self-Injury and Suicide Related?

Teen Suicides: What Are the Risk Factors?

 What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Preparing Kids for College Emotionally

How CONNECT Can Help

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

CONNECT Summit County is giving people the tools to help teens on Friday, Sept. 20 in a groundbreaking eight-hour training course. Youth Mental Health First Aid Training gives parents, teachers and anyone who lives with and/or works with youth the tools to identify the difference between normal adolescent development and more serious challenges due to mental health conditions or addictions. Learn more about this FREE class.

Peer Navigation Services

Need help but don’t know where to turn? Introducing our NEW Peer Navigation Services! Peer Navigation Services help individuals and their family members find the support, information, services, treatment facilities, providers and/or other resources that best meet their current behavioral health needs. Learn more here and also be sure to check-out our extensive Mental Health Resource Directory. 

#BeTheDifference Student Campaign

Calling all Summit County high school clubs: Do you want $500? Communities that Care and CONNECT Summit County are placing YOUR VOICE at the center of our community discussions on mental wellness. We want to support you and help you be part of the solution by offering $500 for your club’s mental wellness project. Submission deadline is October 1st; go here to learn more.