Welcome to our resources page, where we compile information and tools for parents and children to use as they navigate the journey from adolescence to adulthood together.
Adolescent Self-Harm & Suicide
In 2020, suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14. The rate of suicide for those ages 10 to 24 increased nearly 60% between 2007 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Female suicide rates have declined recently for all age groups over age 25 but have generally increased for those aged 10–14 and 15–24.
Suicide rates for females, by age group: United States, 2000–2020
Garnett MF, Curtin SC, Stone DM. Suicide mortality in the United States, 2000–2020. NCHS Data Brief, no 433. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:114217external icon
Empowerment 4 Girls social-emotional learning and sex education programs align with strategies recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and The Trevor Project to prevent suicide among adolescents.
Additional resources for anyone who is considering suicide or knows someone who is:
988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Twelve-Things-Parents-Can-Do-to-Prevent-SuicideThe Trevor Project Help line
Compassionate, Effective Communication
Communication is a lot more work than talking; telling each other how we feel and what we think, expressing our dreams, desires and disappointments. It requires deep listening, observation, personal reflection, and action based on understanding the truth as it is, not how we want it to be. With these practices we begin to open more fully to what others are expressing in conversation, as we strive together for a better understanding of ourselves, each other and the world, that together, we are creating and sharing. This article from Creating The Future offers tips and resources for learning and practicing compassionate listening; a skill we all can use some help with throughout our lifetimes.
Sexual and Domestic Violence Support and Advocacy
24-Hour HelpLine for more information, safety planning and support: (360) 754-6300
TTY: 711. Translation services are available.
Amaze - Age appropriate discussion resources on the web
Genders & Sexualities Alliances Network
Genders & Sexualities Alliances, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.
Fosters resilience in LGBTQ+ youth in Olympia
Stonewall Youth Olympia
Events and peer support for youth - listing of doctors and therapists who are supportive of LGBTQ+ youth
360-888-4273 (call or text)
The Trevor Project Support Center
A comprehensive guide to understanding and affirming sexual orientation and gender identity
Emergency - Trevor Hotline
24 hour suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ youth