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If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or Text 988 or chat

Parents, friends and other trusted adults play a key role to help identify the signs and get help for a child who is displaying warning signs of suicide. We all know there is not one simple way to prevent suicide but talking openly and honestly about emotional distress and suicide is okay. 

By starting the conversation, providing support and directing help to those who need it, we can help prevent suicide and save lives. By creating a safety plan, it can help guide the conversation with loved ones as well as for yourself if you find yourself in a crisis. A plan for what to do before a crisis occurs is an important step in suicide prevention. 

Circumstances that protect against suicide risk

Individual Protective Factors

These personal factors protect against suicide risk:

  • Effective coping and problem-solving skills
  • Reasons for living (for example, family, friends, pets, etc.)
  • Strong sense of cultural identity

Relationship Protective Factors

These healthy relationship experiences protect against suicide risk:

  • Support from partners, friends, and family
  • Feeling connected to others

Community Protective Factors

These supportive community experiences protect against suicide risk:

  • Feeling connected to school, community, and other social institutions
  • Availability of consistent and high quality physical and behavioral healthcare

Societal Protective Factors:

These cultural and environmental factors within the larger society protect against suicide risk:

  • Reduced access to lethal means of suicide among people at risk
  • Cultural, religious, or moral objections to suicide



Crisis Line Safety Plan

Fargo Police Department's 'Break the Silence' Documentary on suicide prevention

Helping Young People Cope and Heal with a Suicide Loss

How to Respond to Your Child If they are Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts

Identifying Signs of Stress in Your Children and Teens

Suicide Prevention - 4-6-3 Foundation (

Teen Suicide: Identifying Warning Signs and Ways to Respond