From the Teen Aggression and Bullying Workbook , co-authored by myself and John Liptak, is the following information that we believe is important for everyone, and hope you’ll pass it along to anyone whom you think might find it useful.
- If a friend or acquaintance tells you about suicidal thoughts or plans, immediately tell someone in that person’s family or yours, other adults, or call 911, the operator, the police, a suicide hotline, or whatever number your area uses for emergency assistance.
- If you have suicidal thoughts, tell someone you know will help you: a family member, other adult, counselor, teacher, coach, spiritual advisor.
- If you trust no one, or if you know no one, then dial 911, the operator, the police, a suicide hotline, or whatever number your area uses for emergency assistance.
Remember, it is better to break a confidence and save a life, than to keep a secret. Secrets kill!