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  3. After a Suicide Attempt—Caring For The Youth

After a Suicide Attempt—Caring for the Youth

The day after a youth’s suicide attempt may feel like the hardest day of their life, which creates stress in addition to the factors leading to the attempt. The youth has seriously thought about or attempted to end their life. The youth may be exhausted, experience extreme fatigue, and feel angry, embarrassed, and ashamed. The attempt itself, the reactions of other people, and transportation to and treatment in an emergency department or other health care facility can all be overwhelming.1 Recovery is likely2, and the feelings the youth is experiencing can get better through mental health treatment. Resources are available to youth and those who are caring for them after a suicide attempt.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
hotlineThe National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. When you call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), you are connected to the nearest crisis center in a national network of more than 150 that provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night. The Lifeline also provides informational materials, such as brochures, wallet cards, posters, and booklets. Prestamos servicios en español (1-888-628-9454). Translators speaking approximately 150 languages are available.

Stories of Hope and Recovery: A Video Guide for Suicide Attempt Survivors
Features stories from three people, including a teenage boy, who survived suicide attempts from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Told through their voices and those of their families, the stories recount journeys to recovery.

A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department (PDF, 19 pages)
Quick tips for taking care of yourself after treatment in the emergency department for people who have attempted suicide from SAMHSA.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Medical Providers in the Emergency Department Taking Care of Suicide Attempt Survivors (PDF, 19 pages)
Quick tips to enhance care in the emergency department for people who have attempted suicide from SAMHSA.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department (PDF, 20 pages)
Quick tips for family members of people who have attempted suicide from SAMHSA.

1 SAMHSA, 2006
2 SAMHSA, 2006

Youth Briefs

How Individualized Education Program (IEP) Transition Planning Makes a Difference for Youth with Disabilities

Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.

Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: How Holding Early Leadership Positions Can Make a Difference

Research links early leadership with increased self-efficacy and suggests that leadership can help youth to develop decision making and interpersonal skills that support successes in the workforce and adulthood. In addition, young leaders tend to be more involved in their communities, and have lower dropout rates than their peers. Youth leaders also show considerable benefits for their communities, providing valuable insight into the needs and interests of young people

How Trained Service Professionals and Self-Advocacy Makes a Difference for Youth with Mental Health, Substance Abuse, or Co-occurring Issues

Statistics reflecting the number of youth suffering from mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders highlight the necessity for schools, families, support staff, and communities to work together to develop targeted, coordinated, and comprehensive transition plans for young people with a history of mental health needs and/or substance abuse.

Young Adults Formerly in Foster Care: Challenges and Solutions

Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.

Coordinating Systems to Support Transition Age Youth with Mental Health Needs

Research has demonstrated that as many as one in five children/youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Read about how coordination between public service agencies can improve treatment for these youth.

Civic Engagement Strategies for Transition Age Youth

Civic engagement has the potential to empower young adults, increase their self-determination, and give them the skills and self-confidence they need to enter the workforce. Read about one youth’s experience in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).