Youth Suicide: Current Trends and the Path to Prevention
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The Jed Foundation stands in solidarity with the entire Uvalde community as it copes with the mass shooting that took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of the victims, the students, the staff, and the Uvalde community as it copes with the traumatic grief associated with this senseless act of violence. Mass shootings cause overwhelming distress and pervasive feelings of uncertainty, and can complicate existing mental health challenges. In situations like these, it is important to provide direct support to young people, equip them with the tools they need to manage their fears, and provide concrete recommendations they can implement to protect their mental health. We must also, as a society, take more effective actions to prevent gun violence. JED calls upon legislators to enact sensible legislation that will limit access to firearms and protect our children and our communities from hatred and violence toward others. The JED team is committed to supporting all of those impacted by this tragedy. If you’re struggling with this tragic shooting, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK. Help is available immediately.
If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text, call, or chat 988 for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7.
You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741.
If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.