Charlie Health — How to talk about suicide

| September 19, 2023

By Charlie Health

As we continue to honor this year’s Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month, Charlie Health remains committed to providing our trusted community partners with educational resources and actionable suicide prevention tools. 

We see every day just how dire the youth mental health and suicide crisis is. A recent peer-reviewed survey of nearly 500 of our teenage clients found that more than half wished they were dead in the weeks leading up to enrollment in our program.  

We also know that suicide prevention and healing are possible—71% of Charlie Health clients who reported active suicidal ideation at intake were no longer suicidal post-discharge. 

We believe that one of the most critical steps toward preventing suicide is creating a safe space for open dialogue around suicidal ideation. That’s why I’m excited to share a comprehensive resource from our Clinical Team on “How To Talk About Suicide.” 

In it, you’ll find simple step-by-step instructions on how to engage with someone who might be struggling with suicidal ideation. While it can feel intimidating, asking, acknowledging, and talking about suicide actually reducessuicidal thoughts. Having these conversations is a signal to anyone struggling that they are seen, heard, and loved. 

I hope this resource empowers you to talk openly and provide life-saving support during a moment of crisis. If you know a young person who could use more support with chronic suicidal ideation or other high-acuity mental health crises, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are grateful for your continued partnership in connecting the world to life-saving mental health treatment. 



Carter Barnhart

CEO and Co-Founder, Charlie Health


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