Suicide Prevention & Education
Suicide in Children and Teens
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens and children ages 10-24 in the United States.
- Children who express interest in dying should be taken seriously and not treated as if they are acting out for attention.
Warning Signs in Children and Teens
- Changes in behavior or appetite
- No longer enjoying favorite activities
- Changes in sleeping patterns or always feeling tired
- Talking or joking about suicide
- Giving away possessions
- Isolating from friends, family, and previously enjoyed activities
- Acting recklessly
- Mood changes
- Obsessing over guns and knives
If a student expresses suicidal risk or engages in self-harming behaviors at school, please contact your School Counselor and/or School Administrator immediately. Do not leave the student alone under any circumstances.
If it is a life-threatening situation, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
SUICIDE & CRISIS PREVENTION HOTLINES (24 hours)
- Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK or 800-273-8255 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 877-7CRISIS (877-727-4747) (Children and Adults)
- CA Youth Crisis: 800-843-5200 (24 hours, bilingual)
- Korean Crisis Line - (877) 727-4747 | 4:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. daily
- Teen Line - (800) 852-8336 | 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Off-hours covered by the Suicide Prevention Crisis Line
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender National Hotline: 888-843-4564
- The Trevor Project (866)-488-7386 (24-hour suicide prevention & crisis intervention to LGBTQ youth ages 13-24). Text & chat also available with limited hours www.thetrevorproject.org.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:
- OCLINKS 24/7 Behavioral Health Line at 855-625-4657: A behavioral health navigator will link the caller to the OC HealthCare Agencies Behavioral Health Services
- CareSolace: (888) 515-0595 www.caresolace.com/bpsd At no cost, helps match students, staff and families to mental health and substance use providers.
- Child Guidance Center (medi-cal accepted): (714) 736-0231
- Western Youth Services (medi-cal accepted): (714) 871-5646
- Family Resource Center: Stanton: (714) 379-0129 or (714) 373-5704 La Habra: (714) 447-3460
- The Gary Center: (562) 264-6000
- Children Youth Services – Brea (714) 577-5400 (accepts Medi-Cal or uninsured)
- Jamboree Housing Mental Health Services (Buena Park): (949) 208-3918