Mentors – Coaches – Youth Leaders

As an adult who is guiding, coaching, and supervising the youth in our community, you are entrusted with the safety and well being of our young people. You may be concerned about your responsibility.  There will be times when you may wonder if a youth you know is depressed or troubled and if there is a risk for suicide.  You may wonder what your role is and what you should do.  We acknowledge that your role is very different from that of a parent or legal guardian and that your knowledge of a young person is limited to what you see and experience during the activity in which you are involved. 

We do believe that we all need to work together if we are to protect our youth and to prevent suicide. Mentors, coaches and youth leaders play a large role in the lives of young people. What follows is a series of questions you may have. Click on a question and it will lead you to information which may be critical in understanding what to do in certain situations and what your responsibilities are.

How do I know if a youth is at risk for suicide?

What should I do about my concern?

Links to helpful websites

Training for youth leaders, coaches and mentors


Hurting yourself is NEVER
the right answer.
There are people who can help.

For immediate help call
911 or

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

To talk with someone call
Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Support and Help Around You