Suicide Prevention Videos - True Stories of Help and Hope

Suicide is the third leading killer of young people overall and the 2nd leading killer of college age youth.  But suicide is preventable.  These true stories are from five high school or college age youth who have either reached out for help themselves when they were severely depressed and having suicidal thoughts, or from teens who have reached out to help a friend who was thinking of suicide. The video links below are to YouTube. Videos are also available on Vimeo.



Be the Person:
Lynzee's Story of Help and Hope
Lynzee was a freshman in high school when she noticed another student who looked sad all the time. Her friend had scars all over her chest and up and down her arms and legs. She wondered, "What's stopping her from killing herself?" Despite being nervous, Lynzee told her teacher, and the friend got help. Lynzee points out that we all need to be the person willing to get help for a friend. View Video


Don't Give Up on Yourself:
Marty's Story of Help and Hope
Marty joined the Marines when he was just 18. After being injured in Iraq, he turned to drinking and pills for pain. Now a veteran with multiple overseas deployments, he sometimes has dreams of his own guys screaming. He got help after he realized that there's no reason to just stop living. His family and his outreach work with other veterans now gives him a purpose, and he says, "Don't give up on yourself." View Video


Choose Life:
Tawnee's Story of Help and Hope

Tawnee met her husband, Marty, at a retreat for retired combat veterans. Right after she met him, one of his Marines died by suicide. She says, "Being married to a combat veteran is not a walk in the park." Tawnee stresses the importance of communication to help you deal with challenges. She urges others to reach out for help and says, "your family and your loved ones would rather you choose life." View Video


Rebuilding from the Inside:
Alejandro's Story of Help and Hope
Video contains some quotes in Spanish
When he was 17, Alejandro (Alex) learned to "rebuild from the inside" at Marine Corps boot camp. After multiple deployments and losing both his legs when his Hum-V was blown up, he turned to alcohol to "escape from reality, and nightmares and dreams." He realized that he was not only hurting himself but his family as well. He got help and is now helping others. View Video


Ribbons of Hope:
Maggie’s True Story of Help & Hope for Teen Suicide Prevention
Maggie makes a decision to get out of her life-long “comfort zone of depression” after having thoughts of suicide.  She goes to a treatment center that helps her learn how to change, live differently, and reach out to people for help.  A “white ribbon assignment” from her therapist helps her find peace and hope. View Video


ASK the Question:
Kurt's True Story of Help & Hope for College Suicide Prevention
At a college party, Kurt and his friends become concerned that another friend is at risk for killing himself ... but they are not sure.  So they ask the question-“have you thought about suicide?” Kurt decides that it is important to wake up a social worker and risk the possibility of offending a friend by intervening and referring him to help. View Video


Always Tell Someone:
Krista’s True Story of Help & Hope for Teen Suicide Prevention
Krista got a late night call from a friend when she was in middle school. The friend’s talk of disappearing and thinking that people would be better off without her made Krista think her friend might kill herself. She talked to her mother and to the school counselor. Her friend got help, and Krista realizes, “always tell someone -- it never, ever hurts to tell an adult!” View VIdeo


Good Friends Are Essential:
Zach’s True Story of Help & Hope for College Suicide Prevention
As a college student, Zach was buying a ring for a girlfriend when she broke up with him.  This loss, heavy drinking and isolation put him into a depression downward spiral. His thoughts of suicide and depression finally got better when he stopped drinking, got physically active and realized that good friends are essential. View Video


You Can Never Count The Stars:
Shania & Sydney’s True Story of Help & Hope for Teen Suicide Prevention
Shania becomes depressed and has thoughts of suicide after being bullied and going off her medication.  She gets help from her sister, Sydney, her mother, counseling and love and help from her family.  Her true story emphasizes that help is available, and help works for depression and suicide prevention. View Video

Last updated January 24, 2013