Information for Parents and Guardians:
Keeping Your Child Safe

Adolescence is a complex developmental stage and a period in which many teens experience some depressions and even thoughts about whether life is worth living. Sometimes it is hard to interpret the meaning of your teen’s behavior and the level of your child’s distress. It is important to get help so that you are not alone in trying to understanding your child and responding to them. Keep trying to get help until you get the help for your child that you know is needed.

How do I know if my child is at risk for suicide?

Where do I call for immediate help and what will happen?

Should I tell the school?

What should I do if I am worried about somebody else’s child?

What can I do in an emergency situation if I think I am not getting the help my child needs?

What happens if my child is hospitalized?

If I am sure that my child is not at immediate risk, what can I do to get help?


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