Depression / Suicide

Most children and teens experience feelings of sadness, but depression is different. Children and teens who are depressed may have difficulty in school, at home and with peers. If left untreated, depression may lead to high risk behaviors, use of drugs or alcohol and even suicide. And depression can impact school performance. Find out more about depression and suicide.

  • After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has produced this toolkit to assist schools in the aftermath of a suicide (or other death) in the school community.
    This Federal government website is a resource of general information about mental health and substance abuse issues.
    The American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists website widely distributes information here, in a effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with them; advance efforts in prevention of mental illnesses, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents.
  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center
    SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.
  • The Relationship between Bullying and Suicide
    This document provides concrete, action-oriented information based on the latest science to help you improve your schools’ understanding of and ability to prevent and respond to the problem of bullying and suicide-related behavior.

"A star is like your life;
darkness surrounds it,
but it's up to you
to keep it bright."

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