Suicide prevention resources

Suicide is a serious public health issue across our nation and in our hometowns. In Kentucky, it is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-14 and for young people ages 15-24. As part of the UK HealthCare’s Healthy Kentucky Initiative, we offer resources on suicide prevention and information to help you support loved ones who may be struggling.

If you, your child, or someone you know are thinking about suicide or self-harm, call or text 988, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

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Suicide prevention resources

Suicide Prevention
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If your teen is suicidal, here's what you should do.

If Your Teen is Suicidal, Here's What You Should Do
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What to do if your child has a suicidal friend

What to Do if Your Child Has a Suicidal Friend

Fast fact:

  • Suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in adolescents. More than 45,900 Americans died by suicide in 2020.

How to seek help in an emergency:

  • If you believe a loved one might attempt suicide, seek help immediately. 
    • Do not leave them alone.
    • Call, text or chat 988 to access the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
    • Call 911 or another local emergency number.
    • Drive them to the nearest emergency room.
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UK HealthCare's 2025 strategic plan provides a road map for achieving our vision: One community committed to creating a healthier Kentucky. We are committed to positively impacting our community and our Commonwealth by understanding and responding to health needs through engagement, outreach and collaboration.

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