A Message to Teens

No. You aren’t alone.

Yes. We all feel this way sometimes.

No. You won’t always feel like this.

Yes. The world is a better place with you in it.


It is not uncommon for teens to think about suicide. Much of what young people know about suicide has been been romanticized through music and media. It is important to remember that suicide is NOT about wanting to die. It’s about wanting to end the emotional pain. You may know someone who is thinking about it, or someone that you are concerned about. Suicide Can Be Prevented! What can you do?
  • Learn that you can help save a life!
  • Take action and make a difference!
  • Use the Yellow Ribbon Program!

It’s OK To Ask 4 Help®!

Don’t be afraid to start the conversation about suicide. Talking about suicide will not cause someone to attempt. People in crisis need to talk. Talking helps relieve the terrible isolation that can lead to suicide. Friends can help! As with First Aid or CPR, assisting in a crisis is critical. Professionals can’t do anything until we LINK them to those in crisis. Ask direct questions. Silence is deadly. Do NOT take it all on yourself. Do NOT take responsibility for making your friend or family member well. You are not a counselor. Do NOT promise secrecy! It’s not betrayal, it’s help. It’s better to have a friend mad at you for a few days than to lose them forever. Be supportive. Let your friend know that you care and should not feel ashamed of their condition; it is not their fault. Stand by your friend through the recovery period … treatment will be successful in time.

Share the Yellow Ribbon Card. This card is a reminder that you have permission to talk when you need help and it helps you talk when you may not have the words. It carries the power of life because it can be a lifeline for you or a friend. The cards are free and are now used in all 50 states and 47 foreign countries.

There is someone in your life who cares and can help you – a friend, a family member, a teacher, a counselor, or a member of the clergy. Tell them you need to use your Yellow Ribbon Card. Please ask for help.

If Somebody Hands You A Card:

Suicide Affects Us All!

See how ONE suicide can affect an entire community. Who can you think of that’s not on this list?

Watch the 2014 Directing Change Student Video Contest Winners

Directing Change is part of California’s statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. A total of 432 films were received, representing 996 students from schools throughout California. These initiatives were funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA).

2014 Statewide Winner

“A New Tomorrow”
Sonoma County
Analy High School

Congratulations to the Regional Winners from San Diego!

“Pulley”                                               “Whether You Know It or Not”
Third Place                              Honorable Mention    
Lincoln High School                Torrey Pines High School
 “The Silent Scream”                      “Don’t Say Goodbye”
Honorable Mention                        Honorable Mention   
Torrey Pines High School             Poway High School          

Click here to see more of the winners from throughout California 

Online Resources for Teens:

Stop Bullying: Bullying can threaten a teen’s physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts. This website teaches teens to be more than a bystander and speak up against bullying. For more information, click on the link above.

The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. For more information, click on the link above.

Know the Signs: This website teaches teens to recognize the warning signs of suicide, to know how to start a conversation about suicide, and where to turn for help. For more information, click on the link above.

It’s Up to Us: “It’s Up to Us” to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help in San Diego. For more information, click on the link above.

Survivors of Suicide Loss -San Diego: Survivors of Suicide Loss, Inc., is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, self-help support group system for those who have lost a relative or friend through suicide. The Survivors of Suicide Loss volunteers are dedicated to providing information and support to assist in the grieving and healing process. For more information, click on the link above.