Social & Emotional

  • Suicide Prevention & Risk Factors

    Statistics about suicide from the Washington State Department of Health

    • Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Washington State for youth 10- 24 years old and the third leading cause of death nationwide
    • There were nearly twice as many suicides as homicides of youth ages 10-24.
    • In Washington State and nationally, females attempted suicide more frequently, and males died by suicide more often by a ratio of at least 4:1.
    • In Washington State, firearms were the leading method of suicide for both males and females.
    • Spokane suicide rates are two times the state rate in Washington.
    • Among Spokane county residents, each year there is an average of 300 hospitalizations for suicide attempts and 70 completed suicides

    Suicide Risk Factors

    • Mental illness including depression, conduct disorders, and substance abuse
    • Family stress/ dysfunction
    • Environmental risks
    • Situational crises (death of a loved one, abuse, violence, etc.)

    Suicide Warning Signs

    • Unable to focus or think clearly
    • Withdrawal from friends or family
    • Changes in appearance and personality
    • Feelings of depression, loneliness, or isolation
    • Talking about being a burden to others
    • Wanting to escape a painful or difficult situation
    • Suicidal threats in the form of direct and indirect statements
    • Increased use of drug and/or alcohol
    • Suicide notes and plans
    • Making final arrangements (writing a will, giving away prized possessions)
    • Preoccupation with death
    • Can’t see a way out (hopelessness)

    What to Do

    • Remain calm
    • Ask youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide
    • Focus on your concern for their wellbeing and avoid being accusatory
    • Listen without judgement
    • Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever
    • Provide constant supervision. Do not leave the youth alone
    • Remove means for self-harm
    • Get help! (Seek help from school or community mental health resources as soon as possible)

    Resiliency Factors

    • Family support and cohesion, including good communication
    • Peer support and close social networks
    • School and community connectedness
    • Cultural or religious beliefs
    • Adaptive coping and problem-solving skills, including conflict resolution
    • General life satisfaction, good self-esteem, sense of purpose
    • Easy access to effective medical and mental health resources

Local Support

Crisis Resources

24/7 Regional Crisis Line

Catholic Charities Counseling
12 E 5th AVE, Spokane, WA - 242-2308 or 800-831-1209 (with multiple locations)

Center for Family Development
1404 E 11th AVE, Spokane, WA – 744-1117 

Child Protective Services
24-Hour Hotline, state-wide

Crime Victim Crisis Line
24-Hour Hotline
Teen Emergency Shelter

Family Service Spokane
7 S Howard # 321, Spokane, WA‎ - 838-4128
151 S Washington, Spokane, WA - 838-4128
112 N University # 100, Spokane Valley, WA - 838-4128

Frontier Behavioral Health
107 S. Division, Spokane, WA – 838-4651

Group Health Behavioral Health Services
322 W North River DR, Spokane, WA – 324-6464 
HIV/AIDS Hotline

Lutheran Community Services
210 W Sprague AVE, Spokane, WA - 747-8224

National Youth Crisis Hotline
24-Hour Hotline
Drug treatment, pregnancy, suicide, etc 

Northwest Behavioral Health
905 W Riverside #610, Spokane, WA - 742-3460

National Runaway Hotline
Sexual Assault Crisis Line
24-Hour Hotline

Drug & Alcohol Services

The NATIVE Project
1803 W. Maxwell Ave.
Spokane, WA
(509) 325-5502

1224 N. Ash
Spokane, WA
(509) 326-7740

628 S. Cowley
Spokane, WA
(509) 624-3227

Daybreak Downtown
960 E. 3rd
Spokane, WA
(509) 444-7033

Lakeside Recovery                                
3710 N. Monroe
Spokane, WA
(509) 328-5234

Alcoholics Anonymous of Spokane

Al-Anon/Alateen Hotline
Hope & Help for young people who are the relatives & friends of a problem drinker.

Cocaine Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (Spokane)
24 hour helpline and meeting info