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Resources for suicidal or damaging behavior

troubled teenIn light of recent events at within our community, we asked a school counselor on her advice regarding recognizing the signs of suicide and resources.  Below is her article.

I would like to share with the Reno Moms Blog community some important information to help parents recognize warning signs that someone you know or your child may be suicidal or at risk of other dangerous behaviors such as harm to self or others. It is important not to ignore negative changes your child’s attitude and behavior or to assume that your child is doing okay. If your child talks, behaves, or writes in a way that causes you to worry, it is important to seek professional help. There are quality agencies and counselors available who help families.

The following are two emergency numbers that are available 24-hours/7-days a week and also another emergency number for you to access: Remember that your school counselor is an important resource available to you.

CRISIS Call Center

Suicide Prevention Lifeline & Crisis Hotline


(775) 784.8090


West Hills Hospital

1440 East 9th Street

Reno, NV 89512

(775) 323-0478


24 hour—Free Risk Assessment for children under 18

(assess harm to self—others)

They do this for an Initial admission and/or referral

If possible need to bring a translator

Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT)

Division of Child and Family Service

Northern Nevada Child and Adolescent Services

4600 Kietzke Lane, Ste. A-104; Reno, NV 89502

(775) 688-1670

(Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri 7 am – 8 pm; Sat-Sun 9 am to 8 pm)

MCRT helps children and adolescents in Washoe County and the surrounding area. They support youth and families in behavioral and mental health crisis situations. Crisis staff are available to assist in resolving or preventing crisis situations in the community, in the home, and over the phone.

Catherine Breshears has served as an elementary school counselor since 1996.  She has primarily worked at “at risk schools.” Her work includes partnerships with community organizations as a means to help students and families in need/crisis.


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