Facing pressure: Teens talk about suicide

A diverse panel of local teens discuss the pressures they feel and why some teens might choose suicide.

SEATTLE, WASH. - The pressures facing teens can be crushing: family expectations, the worlds' standards of success, pressures about body image and sexual identity are just a few. 
Add the influence and scrutiny of social media and you can see why so many young people say they feel overwhelmed. 
To help us better understand, we invited a group of teenagers to share their thoughts. 
 Tiara Hollimon and Ella Smith are both sophomores at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Eighteen-year-old Orion Olsen goes to Auburn High School and Nina Reckinger is a recent Newport High School graduate.

Please check out these additional resources:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-8255 (this number is staffed 24 hours a day)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website: SuicidePreventionLifeline.org

Teen Link Helpline: 866-TEENLINK (866-833-6546) - this number is staffed from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Teen Link website: 866TeenLink.org

The Trevor Project (dedicated to helping those in the LGBTQ community): 866-488-7386

The Trevor Project website: www.TheTrevorProject.org

Crisis Text Line (24/7 text support from trained crisis counselors): CrisisTextLine.org

Center for Non-violent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg – www.cnvc.org

Inside Out Disney Movie


Seattle Young People’s Project – www.sypp.org (youth empowerment/legitimization of youth voice)

www.HealthyChildren.org (Media Plan also available in Spanish)

American Academy of Pediatrics – www.aap.org (suicide prevention, LGBTQ care)

Seattle Children’s – www.seattlechildrens.org (anxiety management, depression management)

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