Health & Wellness

Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

Some young people who are thinking about suicide let people close to them know that they are in pain and are open about needing help. Others hide their feelings from family and friends. If you are wondering if your child is suicidal, experts say that asking him is the best way to find out.

Parents sometimes worry that asking about suicide may make it more likely, but that actually isn’t the case, and asking is very important. For children who have a hard time admitting they need help, it sends the message that a parent cares very much about them, and that struggling and asking for help is okay. That conversation can be lifesaving. Read more at Child Mind Institute.

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Mental Health Association of Nassau County    516 489 – 0100 Ext. 1318

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Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Center        516 822 – 6111

Pilgrim Psychiatric Center  631 761 – 2928

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Maryhaven Center of Hope – New Hope 516 546 – 7070 Option 3

Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services: 516-481-4000

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New York State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906

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National Sexual Assault Telephone hotline: 800.656.HOPE (4673)

NYS Smokers’ Quitline: 1866-NY-QUITS (697-8487)

Do you suspect child abuse or maltreatment: 1800-342-3720

The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-738

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