Preventing Teen Suicide – A Guide for Caring Adults

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young Texans aged 15 to 24. The data suggests that the rates of teen suicide in the state have been on the rise over the years. Factors contributing to this concerning trend include a range of issues such as bullying, academic stress, family problems, substance abuse, mental health challenges and more. September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness and empower caring adults to take action. By fostering open communication, promoting mental well-being, and recognizing warning signs, we can create a supportive environment that saves lives. Here are 5 ways caring adults can prevent teen suicide.

  1. Create a Supportive Environment:

To prevent suicide, it is essential to build a supportive environment in which teens feel safe and valued. Start by promoting healthy communication within the family, at school, and in the community. Encourage listening without judgment, fostering trust, and understanding. When teens are surrounded by caring adults who listen to their concerns, they are more likely to seek help when needed.

  1. Promote Mental Well-being:

Adults play a vital role in promoting mental well-being among teens. Encourage self-care routines, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and enough sleep. Encourage teens to express their emotions through creative outlets like writing or art. Promote activities like mindfulness and meditation to manage stress. By modeling these behaviors and promoting positive mental health practices, adults can help teenagers cope with their emotions more effectively.

  1. Educate Yourself:

Stay informed about the signs and symptoms of mental health issues that can lead to suicidal ideation in teens. Learning about common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse can help you recognize warning signs early on. Understand the risk factors and protective factors associated with teen suicide. This knowledge will empower you to take appropriate action and intervene when necessary.

  1. Facilitate Professional Help:

An adult’s role is not to provide professional therapy or counseling, but to help facilitate access to helpful and appropriate resources. Be familiar with local mental health services and hotlines. Encourage teens to seek professional help when needed by providing them with hotline numbers, websites, and contact information for mental health professionals. Assure them that seeking help is a sign of strength, and be prepared to offer support throughout the process.

  1. Foster Connectedness:

Loneliness and isolation can exacerbate suicidal ideation. As a caring adult, you can help foster a sense of connectedness among teens. Encourage them to participate in activities they enjoy, join clubs, and meet like-minded peers. Create opportunities for them to build meaningful relationships with supportive individuals. Engage in conversations about their interests and provide a safe space for them to open up about their struggles.

Preventing teen suicide requires the collective effort of a caring community. By fostering a supportive environment, promoting mental well-being, educating ourselves, facilitating professional help, and fostering connectedness, adults can play a crucial role in preventing teen suicide. Remember, early recognition and intervention can save lives. 


If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues or experiencing suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately from a mental health professional or call 988 for free and confidential help today.

Remember, you are not alone, and support is available.

(Note: This blog provides general recommendations and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider or mental health professional for personalized guidance.)