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Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Listed: December 15, 2018 6:25 pm
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If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Youth

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Sometimes your struggle can be underestimated because of your age. But we hear you, and help is available.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends, family, or teachers know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline any time — calls are confidential.

Make a safety planA safety plan can help guide you through difficult moments and keep you safe. Learn how to make your own.

Remember that this feeling can be overcome: Family conflict, relationships, grades, sexual identity, and the loss of important people can seem impossible to deal with. But with support from others, you can.

Evaluate the relationships in your life: Love and friendship are all about respect. Toxic or unhealthy relationships can negatively affect you. Whether you’re dating or building new friendships, remember your rights. If you’re being bullied, help is also available.

How To Help

Take your loved one seriously: Some people feel that kids who say they are going to hurt or kill themselves are “just doing it for attention.” But if your child,  friend, or family member confides thoughts of suicide, believe them and get help.

Listen with empathy and provide support: A fight or breakup might not seem like a big deal, but for a young person it can feel immense. Sympathize and listen. Minimizing what your child or friend is going through can increase his or her sense of hopelessness.

Learn the warning signsFriends sometimes let friends know if they are thinking about suicide or dying. Other times, changes in behavior may show that someone is struggling.

Don’t keep suicide a secret: If your friend is considering suicide, don’t promise to keep it a secret. Tell him or her you can help, but you need to involve other people, like a trusted adult. Neither of you have to face this alone

Disaster Survivors

The road to emotional recovery after a natural or human-caused disaster can be long, but you’re not alone.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

People can experience a wide range of emotions before and after a disaster or traumatic event, but it’s important to find healthy ways to cope.

Limit your news consumption.  The constant replay of news stories about a disaster or traumatic event can increase stress and anxiety. Try to reduce the amount of news you watch, read or listen to, and engage in relaxing activities instead.

Practice selfcare. After a disaster, it can be hard to remember to take care of yourself. Try to regularly engage in relaxing activities. These can be as simple as taking a walk, stretching, and deep breathing.

Try to get enough sleep. Some people might experience difficulty sleeping after a disaster. If you have trouble falling asleep, try limiting your use of electronics in bed and avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol an hour before.

Establish new routines. After a disaster, there will be lots of changes. By working to establish new routines, you’ll help keep your mind off of the disaster and can focus on selfcare.

How To Help

If you know a friend, loved one or neighbor whose been affected by a disaster, reach out. It could mean more to them than you know.

Know the facts: Roughly 40% of people may experience emotional distress 6 months to a year after a disaster and will need ongoing support services.

Lend an ear or a hand: If someone you know has been affected by a disaster, check-in with them regularly. Ask them how they’re feeling and truly listen. Offer to help them with day-to-day tasks like laundry or food shopping so they don’t have to worry about it.

Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline is always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support those concerned about others. You can also call the Disaster Distress Helpline for disaster-specific resources and advice.

Loss Survivors

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. There are resources available to help survivors of suicide loss cope.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

A loved one’s suicide is a challenging, confusing, and painful experience. If you’re struggling, the Lifeline is always here to help.

Find a support group: You don’t have to cope with your loss alone. There are support groups specifically for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Do what feels right to you: Don’t feel pressured to talk right away. If you choose to discuss your loss, speaking can give your friends and family the opportunity to support you in an appropriate way.

Write: You may find it helpful to write your feelings or to write a letter to your lost loved one. This can be a safe place for you to express some of the things you were not able to say before the death.

Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends provide support to you, or to look for resources in your community such as therapists, co-workers, or family members.

How to Help

Supporting someone who has lost a loved one can feel overwhelming and complex. There are ways to help.

Accept their feelings: Loss survivors grapple with complex feelings after the death of a loved one by suicide, such as fear, grief, shame, and anger. Accept their feelings and be compassionate and patient, and provide support without criticism.

Use sensitivity during holidays and anniversaries: Events may bring forth memories of the lost loved one, and emphasize this loved one’s absence.

Use the lost loved one’s name: Use the name of the person who has died when talking to survivors. This shows that you have not forgotten this important person, and can make it easier to discuss a subject that is often stigmatized.

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or those who have hearing loss

The network of crisis centers offers many services for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including veterans.

Resources For people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or have hearing loss:

If you are hard of hearing, you can chat with a Lifeline counselor 24/7 by:

  • Online chat – Click the Chat button below
  • Video relay Service – Dial 800-273-8255
  • TTY – Dial 800-799-4889
  • Voice/Caption Phone – Dial 800-273-8255

If you are a Veteran or service member with hearing loss, or any person concerned about someone who is, there are several ways to contact the Veterans Crisis Line:

  • Text with a Veterans Crisis Line responder – Send a text message to 838255
  • Online chat with a Veterans Crisis Line responder – Click the chat button below

Veterans

For veterans, crises can be heightened by their experiences during military service. If you’re a veteran or service member and in crisis, these resources can help.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

Crisis feels different for everybody and can arise from a wide range of situations before, during, or after military service.

Ask for help: Don’t be afraid to let your friends know what you need when they ask; they want to help. You can also reach out to confidential 24/7 services like the Veterans Crisis Line.

Find a support group: Talk to other veterans who have gone through the same kind of trauma that you have.

Find custom services for your needs: Access confidential Homeless Veterans Chat and see resources for homeless Veterans.

Make a safety plan: Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe.

How To Help

Ask and listen: Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If a they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment.

Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Line are always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support friends and loved ones.

Be there: Everyone deals with pain differently. A simple act of kindness to the veteran or service member in your life can help that person feel less alone.

Call The Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255

You are not alone. There is hope. You have a purpose and we want to help you.

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