This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, a time in which there is a particular focus on teen suicides. When dealing with this issue, what we often don’t get to hear are the voices of young people actually speaking for themselves about their experiences.
With that in mind these five videos spread over the coming pages, all recorded in the past year, are made by teenagers who talk about dealing with suicide and suicidal thoughts and also their joy and relief at working through their problems with the help and support of loved ones and experienced adults.
My Story by Hellocupcake96
This young woman is recording a video diary throughout Suicide Prevention Month. She has dealt with depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts due to verbal and online bullying. Having worked through some of her problems, she is now making a video for others.
You can follow her video diaries here.
The 38th Annual Suicide Prevention Week Has Begun by DrumMjr Austin
This video focuses on the statistics about suicide that are all too often overlooked.
Story of Suicide by Natalieann100
Here, one young woman shares the story of her brother and the impact his suicide had on her family.
STOP Suicide! by Chris Nabors
This is a powerful anti-bullying video from a young gay man who dramatizes how words can have a profound impact on people.
My Suicide Story by Hannah Novak
In this video Hannah talks about the circumstances in her life that led her to attempting suicide, and how she is glad she was unsuccessful.
Don’t Suffer in Silence, Get Help
For more information on National Suicide Prevention Week, please click here.
The Trevor Project runs a 24/7 helpline with trained counselors ready to listen if you or someone you know would like to talk about the issues dealt with in this post.
The Trevor Project Helpline number is 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386).Trevor Project Links:
- Follow the Trevor Project on Facebook
- Follow the Trevor Project on Twitter
- Volunteer for the Trevor Project
To find a suicide helpline outside the U.S., visit Befrienders Worldwide.