Teens and Young Adults

Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) for immediate help for thoughts of suicide. 

Call 211 Help-Line for a list of local providers. 

Many of us don’t understand how a young person could take his or her own life, but youth suicide is a public health problem and there is a part each of us can play to help prevent suicides. For the information on this webpage, we will consider anyone 24 and younger a young adult. Nationally suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24. In North Dakota, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10 to 24. 

Everyone can play a part to help prevent suicides

Warning signs

There is no guaranteed way to know if a teen or young adult is thinking about suicide. Below are some warning signs to look for:

Getting help

Just talking to someone can make a difference. You don't have to pretend you have all the answers, just listen and be yourself. Never promise to keep someone's thoughts of suicide a secret.  Most of the time knowing that they are understood and not judged can help. It's important to note that talking about suicide will not push someone to complete suicide. It's important to ask friends if they are having thoughts of suicide. Even if you are not sure, don't be afraid to be wrong. You don't have to do this alone. If it's you, or a friend that may be thinking of suicide, talk to a responsible adult that you trust. If they don't listen or take you seriously, tell someone else.

Information adapted from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Association of Suicidology.