Young Adult Specific Challenges:

Teenagers and young adults often experience emotional turbulence and stress as they try to fit in or cope with being different. As they seek to find their way in the world, many struggle with issues of self-esteem, self-doubt and feelings of alienation.  Here are some of the risk factors associated with young adults:

  • Depression
  • Dysfunctional home/family environment
  • Substance abuse
  • Hostile social or school environment, including bullying, cyber bullying and discrimination associated with race, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
  • Lack of a support network and sense of isolation
  • History of abuse
  • Recent traumatic event
  • Exposure to other suicides or violent acts

Take any suicidal thought or behavior seriously. It’s not just a warning sign that the person is thinking about suicide – it’s a cry for help.

What You Can Do to Help:

  • Get Professional Help: do everything in your power to get your friend or loved one the expert help he or she needs. Call the Putnam County crisis line (1-845-225-1222) or National Suicide Prevention Life Line (800-273-8255) and help them make, and get to, an appointment with a mental health professional.
  • Be Proactive: those who are contemplating suicide often don’t believe they can be helped, so you need to be more proactive and assertive in offering assistance. Tell the suicidal person you are concerned about them and that you care.
  • Remove Potential Means of Suicideif it’s safe to do so, remove or lock-up pills, knives, razors and firearms, as soon as possible.
  • Make a Safety Plan: a written Safety Plan identifies specific strategies, and supports mechanisms and provides the road map you, or someone you care about, needs to get through a crisis. For help in creating a Safety Plan, visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (http://www.sprc.org/sites/sprc.org/files/SafetyPlanTemplate.pdf) if you need more help, call Putnam County Crisis Hotline (845-225-1222).
  • Encourage Positive Lifestyle Changes:  these include a healthy diet; time spent outdoors, enhanced social and family connections, volunteer activity and more sleep and exercise.
  • Continue Your Support:  when the immediate crisis is over, check-in and stop by to make sure your friend or loved one continues along the road to recovery, including following up on treatment.

Courtesy of: HELPGUIDE.ORG (http://helpguide.org/mental/suicide_prevention.htm)

Get Help Now/National > 1-800-273-8255
Get Help Now/Local  Putnam County Crisis Hotline > 845-225-1222

Disclaimer: the content in this app is for informational purposes only and should NOT be substituted for professional diagnosis and treatment. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing symptoms of suicide or are contemplating suicide, seek immediate professional attention.