Essential Summer Suicide Resources for Mental Health Support
Suicide prevention is a critical concern that requires the collective efforts of communities, schools, and support networks. In these summer months, when kids don’t have access to in-school, peer-to-peer resources offered by Hope Squads, it is crucial that other resources are highlighted for those struggling with their mental health. What follows are some essential summer suicide resources Hope Squad members can share.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24/7 helpline available to individuals in crisis or those who are concerned about someone at risk of suicide. Trained crisis counselors provide free, confidential support and can connect callers to local resources. Hope Squad members should be aware of this lifeline and share the hotline number (1-800-273-TALK) with those in need during the summer months. They can also just call or text 988.
- Crisis Text Line: The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 crisis support via text message. This resource allows individuals to reach out for help discreetly and quickly. Hope Squad members can share the Crisis Text Line number (text “HELLO” to 741741) with anyone in need, making it accessible for those who may be uncomfortable with phone calls.
- Online Suicide Prevention Chat Services: Several online platforms provide real-time chat services for individuals in crisis or seeking support. Hope Squad members can guide those in need to reputable services like the Lifeline Crisis Chat (988lifeline.org/chat), where trained volunteers offer confidential help and empathetic listening.
By equipping Hope Squad members with essential summer suicide resources, we strengthen their ability to provide crucial support and intervention to individuals struggling with their mental health. Let us foster a culture of compassion and understanding, ensuring that no one facing mental health challenges feels alone or unsupported during the summer months and beyond.