If You are in Crisis...
If you are suicidal or feel that you will harm yourself or someone else, do one or more of the following to stay safe:
- Call Lifeline, the National Suicide Prevention Line at : 800-273-8255
- Text 741741 anywhere in the United States to reach a trained crisis counselor
- Go to an emergency room or psychiatric hospital
- If you can't be with someone, like a trusted friend, family member or clergy member, call 911 or your local emergency services to summon paramedics--this is not the time for you to isolate
- Talk to a friend, family member, therapist, counselor, psychiatrist/psychologist or clergy member
- I also recommend that you download the
My3 App so you have your top three emergency contacts, coping skills and the number for Lifeline with you at all times.
If you are in emotional distress, but not in danger of harming yourself or someone else, you can always
email the Samaritans. They are trained volunteers, but I don't personally recommend that you write if you're suicidal, because, according to their
website, they answer within twelve to twenty-four hours. Also check out my
Coping Skills page for more resources and suggestions for things you can do to help you recover from a suicide attempt or state of emotional distress.
How do I Help My Loved One in Crisis?
What if you have a friend, family member or someone else connected to you who is in emotional distress or suicidal? What can you do? Here are some suggestions:
- If the person is suicidal, don't leave him or her alone, and make sure there are no weapons available
- At the same time, however, don't put yourself in harm's way if the person becomes dangerous. Do not hesitate to call emergency personell.
- Listen and and provide nonjudgmental understanding without advice--most of the time, we just want our support systems to listen
- Give a hug and a reminder that you still want the person in your life
- Keep in mind that suicide isn't about you--it's about having more emotional pain than available coping skills
- After you get the person the appropriate help, be sure to talk with someone--
the Samaritans are great options if you do not have a local support system