Who will they tell?


Teens are often worried that if they talk to a counselor, teacher, coach, health care provider, or other trusted adult, that adult will tell their parents and they will then be in "trouble."  It is important to know that professionals such as teachers, coaches, or counselors are required to "break" confidentiality if they believe that a teen is at risk of hurting themselves or others. 

While a teen may be upset at first if an adult "tells" his/her parents or guardians, getting help and preventing suicide is so important that he/she will eventually recognize that it was a good decision. 

If you tell a friend that you are thinking of suicide and they tell an adult, you may also be angry with them and feel "betrayed" by their actions.  It is important to know that they want you to live and get help and that your anger at them is not as important as saving your life.  If a friend tells you that he or she is thinking of suicide, it is important to tell an adult so the friend can get help and avoid a tragedy. You would rather risk the friendship by getting him/her help than risk his/her life by keeping a secret. 


Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available…talk to someone now

For immediate help call

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)