Youth Suicide Prevention Resources for Parents

Now, more than ever, we need to understand the signs to help prevent youth suicide.

Updated On November 2, King County Public Health issued a Health Advisory for increased risk of suicide among youth.

As the on-going pandemic and the corresponding exhaustion and emotional fatigue that we are feeling continues, combined with seasonal changes and more difficulty connecting with the people and supports that typically help us cope. Young people may be even more at risk due to less access to their typical social networks.

On Thursday, November 19, MI Parent Edge & the MI Forefront Team (a partnership between MIYFS, MISD and MI Parent Edge) presented a free, virtual event to help parents to learn prevention strategies to help youth in crisis stay safe and get support.

A recording of the webinar is available. (This webinar, presented by UW Forefront, is the same material that was presented by the MI Forefront Team.)

The webinar teaches essential skills for suicide prevention for parents and caregivers of youth. Learn how to:

  • make your home safer to prevent the risk of suicide
  • ask your kid about suicide in a safe way
  • recognize the signs of a mental health crisis
  • practical steps to address it

Don't forget! The City's Youth and Family Services (YFS) team is here to help. Call the confidential Intake Line (206) 275-7657 for more information and assistance.

More Resources

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Connections: 866-427-4747

TeenLink: Call or text 866-833-6546

Washington Warm Line: 877-500-9276

WA Listens (crisis line for stress related to COVID-19): 1-833-681-0211

Additional resources

KCLS and Youth Eastside Services also offered three programs about teen mental health and health resources for parents. Information about the programs can be accessed below.

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