Youth Suicide Prevention

TLC is a free, school-based suicide prevention and education program for middle and high school students in the Greater New Orleans area.


Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among individuals 10-24 years old. For more than 30 years, JFS has brought Teen Life Counts (TLC) to middle and high school students at public, private, parochial, and charter schools in the Greater New Orleans and surrounding area upon request. Our suicide prevention curriculum utilizes professionally trained staff and volunteers to inform students about teen suicide statistics, the stigma associated with mental illness, the warning signs of suicide, how to have a conversation with peers and adults, and where to get help. Additional educational programming is available for school staff, parents, mental health professionals, and other Gatekeepers in the community. Teen Life Counts provides your students and educators with the tools to save lives.

For more information, to bring TLC to your school, or to volunteer, contact the TLC Program Manager:

Nichole Valenzuela
tlc@jfsneworleans.org
(504) 831-8475 x124
Fax: (504) 831-1130


In Crisis?


VIA LINK Cope Line: DIAL 211 (Call anytime 24/7)
Crisis Teen Text Line: 504-777-EASE (3273) (Text anytime 24/7)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Trevor Project (LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention): 1-866-488-7386 or text: “start” to 678678

There is help if you or a loved one are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts. Some signs to look out for are changes in behavior, eating/sleeping habits, and drastic mood changes.

JFS offers mental health counseling to individuals, couples, and families in a safe and comfortable environment. Call (504) 831-8475 to schedule an appointment.


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