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Suicide Prevention

Adolescence is a time of change, when young people may experience feelings of stress or hopelessness from many sources, including relationships with friends and family members and problems at school. Protecting the health and well-being of all students is of utmost importance to the Ocean City School District. All students will be expected to help create a school culture of respect and support in which students feel comfortable seeking help for themselves or friends. Students are encouraged to tell any staff member if they, or a friend, are feeling suicidal or in need of help. 

Starting July 16, 2022

988 will be the new phone number for Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). It will provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States.

If you or someone you know is in crisis,
please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at
and ask them to help you figure out what to do.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline



Do They Need Your Help?

Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings



Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website

The District has compiled a list of resources available to assist students, staff, or families who may be dealing with this serious issue:

Helpful Resources