Visitors to The Edge might notice a new tagline appearing on all our posters, “No one is alone at The Edge”. We have added this to our media because we feel it is important for Clinton County teens to be aware that our Teen Dept. is a safe place for you to feel welcome. Many people have moments where they feel isolated or rejected. People of all ages, genders, and ethnicities experience such thoughts. Mental Health is a serious and real issue in America and it is not something to be ashamed to talk about or address. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health, “1 in 5 children (teens) age 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness” (NAMI). Additionally, “suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24”. (NAMI). Teens should be aware that concerns about mental health and feelings of hopelessness are worth talking about. We have several books about teen suicide available for check out including: When Reason Breaks, Before I Fall, My Heart and Other Black Holes, and It's Kinda a Funny Story. Please remember, here at The Edge, everyone is welcome and wanted. Feel free to drop by often. You may join one of our programs, play a game with our Teen Staff, or just hang out and chat.
If you or a friend is considering self-harm:
- Tell an adult immediately. Even if you do not want to or your friend does not want you to, this is a time to tell an adult.
- If you or friend has done something life threatening, Call 911 immediately. Be prepared to give a name, number, address, etc. of the person hurt.
- Remember, if a friend is threatening to, or has, hurt himself or herself, this is not your fault. You should not feel guilty.
- Text “HOME” to 741741 for help with any crisis. The Crisis Text Line provides free emotional support and information for teens in any type of crisis, including feeling suicidal. You can text with a trained specialist 24-hours a day.
- Call the 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
- Chat online, 24-hours a day from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Visit Maine Teen Suicide Prevention online, which provides information written specifically for teens about suicide prevention and related topics. Including how to get help for yourself and others, stories by teens about their experiences, and a quiz on information about suicide.
- Visit the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide a website with information on how to help yourself or a friend who may be having suicidal thoughts. You can also find information on how to cope if a friend dies by suicide.
- Visit the Trevor Project online. This website provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-24. The website provides information about the signs of suicide and a way to connect online with other LGBTQ youth.
- Text “TREVOR” to 202-304-1200 for the Trevor Crisis Text line, which is available 24-hours to help LGBTQ youth.
- Chat TrevorChat an online crisis chat available 7 Days a week from 3 pm -10 pm.
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