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.
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)
The 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