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Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Warning Signs:

Know the warnings and take action if you see:

  • Talking or writing about suicide or death
  • Giving direct verbal cues, such as “I wish I were dead” and “I’m going to end it all”
  • Giving less direct verbal cues, such as “You will be better off without me,” “What’s the point of living?”, “Soon you won’t have to worry about me,” and “Who cares if I’m dead, anyway?”
  • Isolating themselves from friends and family
  • Expressing the belief that life is meaningless
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Exhibiting a sudden and unexplained improvement in mood after being depressed or withdrawn
  • Neglecting his or her appearance and hygiene
  • Dropping out of school or social, athletic, and/or community activities
  • Obtaining a weapon (such as a firearm) or another means of hurting themselves (such as prescription medications)


Resources on Suicide Prevention and Intervention

Risk Factors and Warning Signs

Youth Suicide Prevention (Purdue Global)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

Beyond Blue: Guiding their Way Back

When a Friend Dies: Guidelines for Students



Crisis Lines and Help Lines

Care Crisis Response Services:  1-800-584-3578 or 425-258-4357

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Talk to Someone Now

I’m Hurting Crisis Chat


Your Life Your Voice

Crisis Text Line:

Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly. Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860 This line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis.

Social Media Campaigns that Promote Help-seeking


Take 5 to Save Lives



A Friend Asks


Suicide Safe


LGBT Youth

It Gets Better Project

Trans Lifeline

The Trevor Project


Native Youth

We R Native

You Are Not Alone Network



Teens Experiencing Bulling

Teens Against Bullying


Mental Health


Mental Health Facts CHILDREN & TEENS