It may not feel like it right now, but these feelings will pass. But it’s super important that you decide to STAY and reach out for support. STAY is a declaration to yourself, to your future, and to those who care about you. It's about seeking help when things feel too hard to handle alone. It's a reminder that it's okay to ask for support, and that you don't have to face your struggles alone.
Understanding the Challenges
We recognize that being a teenager can be tough. The pressures of academic performance, social acceptance, and the changes that come with growing up can sometimes lead to feelings of confusion, stress, self-doubt and everything being overwhelmed. It's important to remember that these feelings are common, and that help is available.
You Are Not Alone
Remember, you are not alone. Many teenagers have faced similar struggles and have found ways to cope and thrive – but just like them, you might need help to get there. There are resources and communities available to support you.
Reach Out for Help
If you're feeling hopeless, reach out for help. Start by calling 1‑800‑256‑2522. This is the Behavioral Health Crisis Line, and they're available 24/7 to provide support. You can also reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or school counselor and be honest about how you are feeling: If you’ve thought about suicide, let them know.
Remember: The journey to feeling better begins with deciding to STAY
STAY is a simple, powerful message. It's a request for you to stay with us, to stay in this world, and to stay hopeful in the face of life's challenges. It's a message of resilience and hope. So, if you're struggling, remember to STAY. Reach out for help. And know that there are people who care about you and want you to stay alive.