Youth Suicide Prevention Resources

In partnership with Mountain Brook Schools, All In Mountain Brook offers this resource guide to the prevention of youth suicide. This site is intended as a starting point for those young people struggling with suicidal feelings, their families, and their friends.





Youth Suicide Warning Signs and How to Respond
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     Crisis Center (Birmingham)
     National Suicide Prevention Hotline
     Mental Health Care
     Mountain Brook Schools Counselors and Other Resources
Websites for Youth

We are glad you are here.

Struggling yourself?

If you are here because you are struggling with suicidal feelings, we urge you to reach out to the trusted adults in your life.  Know that you can get help. Please fight any feelings you have that there is no help and no hope.  One of the most common causes of suicidal feelings is clinical depression. Depression can alter your thinking and convince you that there is no hope, that your friends and families will be better off without you, that the pain you are experiencing can never get better.  Those thoughts are symptoms of depression–a true illness that ANYONE can get.

Know that the vast majority of people who struggle with suicidal feelings, do not die by suicide. They live to learn that there is hope.

In addition to reaching out to trusted adults, there are resources listed below where you can seek support and help.

Concerned about a young person?

If you are here because someone you know is struggling with suicidal feelings, please do not keep silent. Sometimes we make promises to keep confidential things that are said to us and then realize that secrecy is a burden and a true danger. If you have made a promise to keep secret a friend’s struggle with suicidal feelings, please put that aside. Insist that your friend talk to his or her parents, school counselor, doctor, youth minister, or some trusted adult.  If he or she won’t reach out, please reach out yourself. Immediately seek advice from your parents, from your school counselor, or reach out to one of the resources below.

Youth Suicide Warning Signs

YOUTH SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS: (Information for Friends, Parents, Healthcare Providers:

  1. Talking about or making plans for suicide
  2. Expressing hopelessness about the future
  3. Displaying severe/overwhelming emotional pain or distress
  4. Showing worrisome behavioral cues or marked changes in behavior, particularly in the presence of the warning signs above. Specifically, this includes significant:
  • Withdrawal from or changing in social connections/situations
  • Changes in sleep (increased or decreased)
  • Anger or hostility that seems out of character or out of context
  • Recent increased agitation or irritability

If you know someone who has any of the warning signs, there are things that you can do to help:

1. Ask them if they are okay and listen to them like a true friend.
2. Tell them you are worried and concerned about them and that they are not alone.
3. Talk to an adult you trust about your concerns.

If you are the parent of someone who has these warning signs:

1. Ask if they are having thoughts of suicide
2. Do all you can to prevent access to methods of suicide, particularly guns. Firearms should be removed from premises, or securely locked away. There are multiple online resources for information on securing firearms.
2. Express your concern about what you are observing in their behavior
3. Listen attentively and non-judgmentally
4. Reflect on what they share and let them know they have been heard
5. Tell them they are not alone
6. Let them know there are treatments available that can help
7. Guide them to professional help





For emergencies related to suicide danger:

  • Call 911
  • Go the nearest hospital emergency department. UAB and Children’s of Alabama are among the emergency departments that are staffed to deal with suicidal emergencies at all times.


Crisis Center (Birmingham)

  • Crisis line:  (205) 323-7777. Information on the web here.
  • TEEN LINK: Call (205) 328-5465. You may now text at 205-328-5465. Text counseling is available from 10 am – 10 pm every single day.


Phone triage services are provided to anyone with a youth-oriented mental health concern.  Staff assesses the mental health needs of the child or teen based on the adult caller’s description or in-person intake assessment and determines the appropriate level of care needed.

  • 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Call 205-638-7472 (PIRC)

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

  • 1-800-273-8255

For Mental Health Care

    • If you or your friend/family member is not in immediate danger, seek out mental health evaluation and care.
    • Start with your pediatrician or physician. Your doctor will be able to assist in getting an appointment with a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other licensed mental health professional.

Other Resources (Mountain Brook Schools)

While not able to handle emergencies, the following professionals in the Mountain Brook School System can often assist with referrals and for assisting with supportive services at school.

Certified staff (administrators, teachers, counselors) at Mountain Brook Schools are trained in awareness of youth suicide.  If we are aware that a student may be struggling with suicidal feelings, we hope to be able to work with the student and parents to do what we can to be helpful and supportive.

Students and parents may contact the following individuals regarding students who are struggling with suicidal feelings.

Mountain Brook City Schools Guidance Counselors and Administrators

Amanda Hood, Director of Student Services (205-877-8349)


Phillip Holley,  Principal
Jeremy Crigger, Assistant Principal
Carrie Busby, Assistant Principal

Kenneth Harkless (Student Assistance Counselor)
Ellanor Dukes (12th grade)
Elizabeth Tiley (11th grade)
Rebecca Goodson (10th grade)
Karen Svetlay (College Advisor)


Donald Clayton, Principal
Derek Dearman, Assistant Principal
Brook Gibbons, Assistant Principal

Sharon Lyerly (9th grade)
Casey Lancaster (8th grade)
Jana Lee (7th grade)


Brookwood Forest Elementary (205-414-3700)
Nathan Pitner,  Principal
Christy Christian, Assistant Principal
Laurel Ashley Eldridge, Counselor

Cherokee Bend Elementary (205-871-3595)
Sandy Ritchey, Principal
Blair Inabinet, Assistant Principal
Laura Witcher, Counselor

Crestline Elementary (205-871-8126)
Laurie King, Principal
Josh Watkins, Assistant Principal
Catherine Waters, Assistant Principal
Liz Fry, Counselor
Leah Treadwell, Counselor

Mountain Brook Elementary (205-871-8191)
Ashley McCombs, Principal
Brannon Aaron, Assistant Principal
Anna Carlisle, Counselor

More Information

Websites for Youth

The Trevor Project

Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT youth. Resources for concerned persons and direct support for youth. Click here.

You Matter

A safe place for youth to share. Administered by the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Click here.

Love is Respect

24/7 chat, text, or call help lines. Administered by National Domestic Violence Hotline. Click here.

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