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Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families


Division of Prevention & Behavioral Health Services

Youth Suicide Prevention & Support




For Immediate Assistance

24/7 Youth Crisis Support: 1-800-969-HELP(4357)

Crisis Text Line: Text DE to 741741

Emergency Response: Dial 9-1-1

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Text DE to 741-741 to reach out to the Crisis Text Line counselors.

Suicide Warning Signs

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Feelings

  • Hopelessness: feeling like things are bad and won’t get any better. Fear of losing control, going crazy, harming himself/herself or others.
  • Worthlessness: feeling like an awful person and people would be better off if he/she were dead. Hating himself/herself, feeling guilty or ashamed. Being extremely sad and lonely, feeling anxious, worried or angry all the time.

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Actions

  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Talking or writing about death or destruction
  • Aggression: getting into fights or having arguments with people
  • Recklessness: doing risky or dangerous things

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Changes

  • Personality: behaving like a different person, becoming withdrawn, tired all the time, not caring about anything, or becoming more talkative, outgoing
  • Behavior: can’t concentrate on school or regular tasks
  • Sleeping and eating patterns: sleeping all the time or not being able to sleep at all, or waking up in the middle of the night or early in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep, losing appetite and/or overeating and gaining weight
  • Losing interest in friends, hobbies, and appearance, or in activities or sports previously enjoyed

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Threats

  • Statements like “How long does it take to bleed to death?”
  • Threats like “I won’t be around much longer” or “Don’t tell anyone else..you won’t be my friend if you tell!”
  • Plans like giving away favorite things, studying about ways to die, obtaining a weapon or a stash of pills: the risk is very high if a person has a plan and the way to do it


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Situations

  • Getting into trouble at school, home or with the law
  • Recent loss through death, divorce, or separation; the break-up of a relationship; losing an opportunity or a dream; losing self-esteem
  • Changes in life that feel overwhelming
  • Being exposed to suicide or the death of a peer under any circumstances

Source: Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program

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For those age 18 or older:

Delaware Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Crisis Intervention Services (Mobile Crisis)

New Castle County: 1-800-652-2929
Kent and Sussex counties: 1-800-345-6785

Note: Any police department, hospital or walk-in clinic can call a mobile crisis unit for anyone in distress.