If you are experiencing an emotional or suicidal crisis, know that there are people who support you. Read through this list of potential ways to keep yourself or another person safe while processing this difficult time.
During an Emergency / Crisis:
- If you have tried to hurt yourself or have recently attempted, get help immediately by calling 9-1-1
- If you are not hurt, have a friend help you get to the emergency room
- If you are having suicidal thoughts and need to talk to a crisis counselor you have several options
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- Crisis Textline: Text “HOME” to 741-741
Remove Access to Lethal Means:
If you are having suicidal thoughts, it’s important to remove items that could be potentially harmful like knives, firearms or medications. Ask a friend or family member to store your medications until you feel better. If you own a firearm, store it in a safe or lock box separate from ammunition and ask a friend or family member to hold onto the key for you
Reach Out for Support:
Even if you don’t think you will act upon them, if you are having thoughts about killing or hurting yourself, its always good to talk about it with someone. This is a vital first step in the process of getting better. Help is available and more options for getting help exist than ever before.
Reach out to Family, Friends, Crisis Hotlines, Counselors, Therapist, Teachers, Religious Leaders, Support Groups, or Primary Care Hospitals.
Create A Safety Plan:
Having a safety plan in place during a time of emotional vulnerability or in crisis is one way to help manage your thoughts and feelings and a quick way to refer yourself to help. Use the link below for a safety plan template. Share your safety plan with your doctor(s), family, friends, or anyone else in your support network.
Create Your Safety Plan (Template by Suicide Prevention Resource Center: www.sprc.org)
Learn More About What Is Going On:
Visit the following links to learn more about the higher suicide risks associated with these groups.
Indigenous (Native American): http://www.sprc.org/settings/aian
Information on this page was compiled and originally published by "Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)" www.save.org