Resources

I write resource blogs on occasions for sites, blogs, organizations that I find so check those out.

But if you or someone you know is struggling and need instant help, here are some hotlines. Remember you are not alone. Help is only a phone call and/or Text away


National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 

1-800-273-8255

Crisis Textline 

Text HOME to 741741

National Domestic Violence Hotline 

1-800-799-7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline

1-800-656-4673

LGBT National Hotline

1-888-843-4564

The Trevor Project (for Suicidal LGBT Youth) 

1-866-488-7386


 

Get Educated! 

Education of mental illnesses are very important. Knowing the warning signs of someone who is suicidal can save someone’s life. You may see their worth, but they do not. And they need your help to realize that you matter and they care. If you may think, “oh, someone else will help,” help anyways. Call the hotline, call a close loved one to them, call whoever (appropriate) you need because you never know when you could save a life.

Stats from AFSP :

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
  • Men die 3.5x more often then women
  • On average, there is about 121 suicides per day

Provided by NIMH

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain

  1. Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question but studies show that asking at-risk individuals  if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.
  2. Keep them safe: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal items or places is an important part of suicide prevention. While this is not always easy, asking if the at-risk person has a plan and removing or disabling the lethal means  can make a difference.
  3. Be there: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may in fact reduce rather than increase  suicidal thoughts.
  4. Help them connect: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-8255 (TALK). You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.
  5. Stay Connected: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown  the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

View the signs and symptoms and risk factors of suicide from the National Institution of Mental Health :

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml

 

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