This qualitative study explores "helpful" nursing care from the perspective of adolescents at risk for suicide. While hospital-based nurses have a high level of direct and continuous contact with suicidal teens, little is known about the nursing care offered to this population. The purpose of this research is to explore the perceptions of suicidal adolescents regarding helpful nursing care during hospital treatment on a mental health unit. Nine patients, aged 15-18 years, participated in individualized, semi-structured interviews. Results affirm the importance of personalized, human caring interactions combined with nurse accompaniment across situations of daily living as well as during acute crisis, illness and suffering. The nurse's role and contribution in creating a therapeutic milieu is described, and the impact of a health-promoting hospital environment on patient care and recovery is highlighted.