Bailey has teamed up with The Jason Foundation to serve as the first national teen advocate to raise awareness for suicide prevention on behalf of this important non-profit organization. This honor places Bailey alongside longtime musical ambassadors Charlie Daniels and Rascal Flatts.
Someone you know may need a friend – B1 . . . Take the B1 Pledge
Be aware and understand the problem of youth suicide.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24 (2015 CDC WISQARS)
BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY
Be able to identify warning signs in a friend who may be hurting. Look for these warning signs in your friends:
Anger, increased irritability
Lack of interest in activities they once enjoyed
Sudden increase/decrease in appetite
Sudden changes in appearance
Dwindling academic performance
Preoccupation with death and suicide
Previous suicide attempts
BE PREPARED TO ACT
You should never be afraid to talk to someone who may be depressed or at-risk. At the very least, they will know there is someone who cares for them. You should also have an action plan in case a friend or family member shows signs of suicidal ideation. Taking the B1 pledge will help you “Be Prepared.”
WHERE DO I GO FOR HELP?
Your favorite teacher/coach
Crisis line such as 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) or 1-800-273-TALK (273-8255)
Local mental health center