The end of the school year brings graduations, summer vacations and a more laid-back way of life. This change in routine and reduced structure can also make summer a time of stress and anxiety for others in our community. We each play a key role in looking out for one another, so here are some reminders and resources to help students, friends and families enjoy a safe and stress-free summer.
FLYER: Have a Safe and Healthy Summer
- Get involved in volunteering or a new sport, hobby or club
- Stay connected to friends and family during the summer
- Find someone that you trust and feel comfortable talking to
- Have a plan for when you need help or feel alone
- Check in with your friends to see how they’re doing
- Be there to listen and show support
- Talk openly about one another’s feelings and concerns
- Seek immediate help if you are concerned for their safety
- Keep students active in summer camps, clubs or other activities
- Offer a safe place to share feelings and worries
- Find support from your provider or other crisis resources
- Remove access to weapons and other means of doing harm
- Provide opportunities to keep students busy during the day
- Listen and show interest in the youth in your community
- Look for signs someone is in crisis and act on them
- Be aware of local resources available to help
If there is an immediate danger call 911. For other situations, we have compiled a list of some local resources in our community. Get the help you need, when you need it most. Support is available 24/7. Call. Text. Chat.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.
Care Crisis Chat
Crisis chat is for anyone in crisis. It is available 24/7, and it is free and confidential. No issue is too big or too small (bullying, stress, school problems, feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts or thoughts of self harm, etc).
Washington State 2-1-1
Dial 211 from any phone
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs. 2-1-1 partners with services statewide to meet community needs and get help into people's hands.
Available in the Apple App Store and Google Play
With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide. Remember: there is hope and a life to look forward to, even in your darkest moments. MY3 can help you get through your most difficult times.
The Washington Recovery Help Line
The Washington Recovery Help Line is an anonymous and confidential help line that provides crisis intervention and referral services for Washington State residents. Professionally trained volunteers and staff are available to provide emotional support 24-hours a day, and offer local treatment resources for substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health, as well as to other community services.
The Trevor Project Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Mental Health First Aid
The training helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Visit the website to locate one of these courses being offered near you:
Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.
Adult Mental Health First Aid is appropriate for anyone 16 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions. The adult course is available in both English and Spanish.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, Inc. (SPTS) is committed to reducing the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through educational training programs. While not a crisis-intervention resource itself, SPTS is dedicated to helping those who need it most - before they reach the point of crisis. From in-person trainings, to informational parent presentations, to youth survivor support group trainings for communities, SPTS continues to put itself on the frontlines of youth suicide prevention and ultimately, save teens
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The safe storage of firearms is essential, regardless of circumstances. However, when someone is in crisis, removing access to weapons or other means of doing harm is a life-saving precaution. Learn more about the importance of safe storage and different device options.