Now that school is in full swing across the state and kids start to settle into their routines, it is important for family and friends to be aware of warning signs in kids that might require some extra attention. Recent cases of suicide in adolescents, which while heartbreaking, should serve as a way to show there is even more of a need for the adults in a child’s life to be aware of some behavior that might be concerning and know what resources are available to assist.
Far too often, we’re blindsided by the inconceivable notion that a child could be grappling with such anguish. However, as national and local statistics have shown, the pressures of everyday life can cast a shadow on even the youngest Arizonans.
Thankfully, you and your kids don’t have to go through these tough situations alone. Arizona’s crisis systems are here to help both kids and those closest to them when it’s needed most. No matter what time of the day or night, there’s a caring voice ready to listen and support you.
We want you to know that hope always answers and it’s now easier than ever to connect with help – just call or text 988, an easy-to-remember number that can make a big difference.
ADHS has worked to develop resources to help reduce the stigma around seeking help and make sure you have a clear path to the support you need for yourself or a loved one. Reaching out for support is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s important to remind our kids and ourselves that it takes courage to speak up about your feelings, and there are many safe spaces where you can share your thoughts without fear. Remember, you’re never alone in your struggles, and there are people who genuinely care about your well-being.
If you see the warning signs of someone considering self harm, which can include taking dangerous risks like driving too fast, extreme mood swings, unusual social media posts, using drugs and alcohol in excess, and acting extremely sad, anxious, or agitated, acting quickly can save a life.
In a world that can sometimes feel disconnected, it’s essential to remember that every life is valuable. No matter what you’re going through, your feelings matter, and your well-being is important. There are dedicated professionals at 988 who are just a phone call, text, or chat message away and will be there to listen and provide resources without judgment.
If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, sad, or just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to reach out. Dial 988, embrace the support available, and take that courageous step towards a brighter future. Your voice matters, and together, we can overcome challenges and create a community where everyone feels valued and heard.
Ways you can receive support:
- Dial 988 to speak to a representative, following a short recorded message.
- Press 1 during the menu options to be connected to the Veterans Crisis Line
- Press 3 during the menu options to access LGBTQ+-specific support
- Text 988 for text-based services.
- Visit https://988lifeline.org/chat/ to chat in English or https://988lifeline.org/es/chat/ to chat in Spanish.
- Teen Lifeline services:
- Call or text: 602-248-8336 (TEEN)
- Trained, volunteer peer counselors ages 15 to 19 answer calls and texts for help from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily
- Call center staffed by Solari (adults) outside of 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily
For more information, visit:
- More information on 988: azhealth.gov/988
- 988’s guide on helping someone
- Campaign to reduce stigma and promote help-seeking behavior
- Teen Lifeline
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