My friend is thinking about suicide and she’s not listening to me.

Male, 17 years old, CA

Question/Issue:

I have a friend that is currently planning to commit suicide. She’s not listening to anything. I’m very concerned, what can I do?

Teen Line Wrote:

Thank you so much for reaching out to us. I can only imagine how scare and stressed you are right now. I’m really glad your friend has someone like you to look out for her. I want to give you some resources that might help both you and your friend.

First, here’s the number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. The line is open 24/7. I recommend giving this number to your friend, so she can use it if she needs it. It would be great for her to save the number in her phone for quick access.

I also wonder if there’s an adult in your life you can reach out to for help. I think it’s important that you both get support in this situation. You shouldn’t have to go through this alone, and confiding in another person you trust can make a huge difference.

You may also find this article on suicide prevention helpful: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/suicide-prevention/suicide-prevention.htm It includes tips and strategies for communicating and supporting people who are feeling suicidal.

You can call us from 6pm-10pm PST at (310) 855 4673, or text us from 6pm-9pm PST. You might also want to post to our message boards at  teenlineonline.org/board for guidance from other teens.

Thanks again for reaching out to us. This is a really difficult situation to be in, and I hope you guys find the support and peace you both deserve.

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