If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis or 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.
- SAFETalk Suicide Alertness for Everyone.
If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out or encourage them to reach out. We not only do this by giving out hotline numbers and web sites.
- We also do this by speaking openly about our struggles.
- Walking openly in public with 2,300 others for a cause.
- Asking a friend “How are you really?” and not letting an “I’m fine” be the answer if you think its not the real answer.
- Asking the tough questions: “Are you thinking of suicide?” Are you thinking of killing yourself?” It is very important to be direct.
- Blogging or writing about your struggles.
- Participating in Tweet Chats like #PPDChat #MHSM #BraveChat #SexAbuseChat (If you know of other relevant Twitter chats please email email@example.com)
- Taking part in Mama’s Comfort Camp or MMD’s Friendship Circle or PPDChat Support on Facebook (all peer support groups online.)
- Reading and commenting on blog posts from Band Back Together or checking out this group blog’s amazing resource pages.
- Reading posts and Daily Hope emails from Postpartum Progress and other wonderful mental health focused blogs.
- Sharing your love and support with those who are openly sharing their stories.
- Not being ashamed to type a Facebook status that says “I’m having a bad day.”
- 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.