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What are suicidal thoughts?: A social story

A man in a tie is very sad and frowning.

Sometimes you may feel very sad or overwhelmed. You may think about death or dying.

A man thinking very sad thoughts.

You may think things like: I wish I was never born! People would be better off without me. Nothing matters anymore. I should just die.

A man is frustrated and his hand is on his head.

These are suicidal thoughts and they can be confusing and scary.

A man talking on the phone.

If you have suicidal thoughts or thoughts about death it’s important to get help, even if it’s scary or hard to talk about.

A man talking to another adult.

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, talk to a trusted adult about your thoughts and feelings.

A cell phone with the number '9-1-1' on it.

If you need help right away, call 9-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.