In the past 30 days, more than 25% of Americans aged 18 to 24 seriously considered suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among teen girls, the suicide rate has reached a 40-year high.

Coronavirus. Social unrest. Bullying. Overwhelming grief. Profound loss.

The prevalence of pain can feel overwhelming, but you can help those who are struggling if you learn warning signs and what you can do to help.

During National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month in September, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation and Focus on the Family want you to know about Alive to Thrive — a FREE, online, biblically based tool for parents, pastors, and people who love teens.

This video-based program is written by Christian mental health professionals who teach you to be aware of the signs that can lead to teen suicide and how to intervene. It’s an easy-to-follow course that you can do at your own pace individually or with a group. And it’s 100% confidential.

Alive to Thrive material will show you how to create a nurturing environment for vulnerable teens and equip you for potentially life-saving conversations. You’ll also discover how Scripture can offer guidance in many situations and encourage prevention.

Get trained. You might just save a life.

This commentary is provided by our friends at Focus on the Family.