If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis or is struggling and needs support, please reach out:
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for example: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a 24-hr/7-day hotline where anyone can call for help and speak to someone trained in suicide prevention. suicidepreventionlifeline.org PLEASE NOTE: You do not have to be suicidal to call. This number will offer you resources local to your area if you are struggling in any way.
If you need a safe place to talk, The Trevor Project offers several resources. The Trevor Lifeline (866-488-7386) TrevorText is available on Fridays (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT). Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. TrevorChat - Available 7 days a week (3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PT).
Befrienders.org, a worldwide directory of suicide prevention/mental health hotlines and resources.
If you’re on Facebook, please utilize the Facebook chat feature of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Information for reporting of suicidal or self harm tweets on Twitter.
We can help ourselves and each other by speaking/ blogging/posting openly about our struggles. We must not be ashamed to type a Facebook status that says “I’m having a bad day.”
Volunteering, raising funds or walking openly in public for a cause is a wonderful way to help you heal and bring mental illness and suicide out of the darkness.
Ask your loved ones “How are you really?” and not letting an “I’m fine” be the answer if you suspect her or she is stuggling. Ask the tough questions: “Are you thinking of suicide?” Are you thinking of killing yourself?” It is very important to be direct. Being “Suicide Aware” Always. Check out these tips for suicide alertness for everyone.
There are so many ways to reach out to others and truly make an impact, even if we don’t know we are helping.
Please also feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.