One Conversation Can Change a Life

Now more than ever, it’s important to show the people in our lives that we’re here to support them if they need help.

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Suicide is the 2nd-leading cause of death for high school-aged youth.

Warning Signs

Treatment & Recovery

Here are some things to watch for:

  • Talking about suicide or a sudden interest in death
  • Reported feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or deep depression
  • Risk-seeking or destructive behavior
  • Acting out of character
  • Loss of interest in valued activities
  • Reaching out to important people in one’s life
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Previous suicide attempts

Managing recovery:

  • Spend time doing things you love
  • Have a support network in place
  • In some cases, medical treatment may be appropriate

Supporting recovery:

  • Resist the myths and stigmas that make recovery more challenging
  • Be prepared to listen
  • Make future plans with a person who is struggling

Knowing the risk factors for suicidal ideation can also help you recognize when someone needs help.

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4 out of 5 teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs.

Helpful Resources

It’s important to show your kid that they can come to you if they’re struggling. This blog post can help you start the conversation.

You can find hotlines, text lines, statistics, and more to support your family and loved ones with these organizations and resources.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents young people with unique challenges. Find out what you need to know and how to support your kid.

This guide contains warning signs, expert advice, and resources for helping parents and kids handle the complex issue of suicide.

In this video, Bark chief parent officer Titania Jordan sits down with Chris Taylor, a marriage and family therapist, to talk about suicidal ideation, mental health, and digital technology.

48% of LGBTQ kids ages 13–17 have seriously considered suicide in the last year.

The age-adjusted suicide rate increased by 35% between 1999–2018.

Our Experience

The Tools to Reach Out

At Bark, we know first-hand just how urgent it is to offer support and guidance to help prevent suicide. The issue can seem difficult to grasp, but every statistic represents real people who need help:

  • In 2019, Bark detected more than 1,800 instances of imminent suicide.
  • In the first 8 months of 2020, Bark detected 35,000+ instances of severe self-harm and/or suicidal ideation.
  • As of August 31, Bark has alerted families to an average of 5 instances of imminent suicide every day this year.

"Thank you! I can't explain how grateful I am to Bark for the self-harm/suicide notification. My son googled the suicide prevention hotline number to give to a friend that was struggling. Because of Bark, it opened up a line of communication with him. We were able to talk through it and I could provide him with the tools to reach out and help his friend."  — Bark Parent

How Bark Can Help


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Throughout the month of September, Bark is donating $10 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for every new subscriber who becomes a paying user through our referral program. Bark monitors online activities and alerts parents and guardians to potential issues, including suicidal ideation, depression, self-harm, and more.

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