OUR SHORT-TERM VISION: Every youth in Transylvania County feels heard and supported
OUR LONG-TERM VISION: Every youth in Transylvania County feels confident and secure in connection, purpose, and hope
WE ARE TC STRONG!
Inspired by community concerns around mental health distress among our youth and building on existing efforts of the Transylvania County Youth Support Collaborative workgroups, TC STRONG was formed to create a broad coalition of youth, school, and community leaders that will develop and implement a strategic plan to address these concerns in a collaborative and effective way.
Responding to Teen Suicide
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS
The following resources can help you support your child as they navigate the loss of a friend or classmate to suicide:
Supporting Your Teen After the Suicide of a Friend (one-pager from TC STRONG with tips for healthy social media use)
Children, Teens and Suicide Loss (comprehensive resource from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
Learn more about risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs. If you have any concerns, reach out to your child’s doctor, a counselor, or call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. Make sure your child knows to tell a trusted adult if they are concerned about themselves or their friends or classmates.
RESOURCES FOR TEENS
After a Suicide: What You Need to Know (one-pager from TC STRONG with tips for healthy social media use)
Check in on your friends. Learn how to start a conversation about mental health here.
If you need someone to talk to, call or text the Teen Line at 1-800-852-8336 or text "TEEN" to 839-863 (available 9pm-1am) to speak with a trained teen listener who can provide support, resources, and hope.
For immediate help 24/7, call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline