Awareness, attitudes, and use of crisis hotlines among youth at-risk for suicide

Meghan Crosby Budinger, Mary F. Cwik, Mark A. Riddle

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Crisis hotlines have been central to suicide prevention efforts; however, utilization among youth remains low. A sample of at-risk youth was surveyed about their awareness, utilization, and attitudes toward local and national crisis hotlines. Youth reported low rates of awareness and utilization, yet expressed a strong interest in phone hotlines (41% vs. 59% for new media categories combined). Youth reported stigma, but that help-seeking could be positively influenced by peers and adults in their support system. Implications include making crisis services available across several mediums and the importance of engaging trusted others in youth suicide awareness campaigns and prevention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-198
Number of pages7
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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