Seeking help is one of the bravest and most compassionate things you can do for yourself or a loved one. Just by reaching out for help or encouraging someone you love to do so, you could be saving a precious life.
Keep asking and keep searching until something helps. Something will.
The following warning signs of suicide demand IMMEDIATE attention
If you or someone you love exhibits any of these signs, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255(TALK). If you cannot reach someone on this line, go to an emergency room, make sure you or your loved one is not alone until professional help arrives and remove all firearms, sharp objects, drugs, alcohol and other things that could be used in a suicide attempt.
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself.
- Talking or writing about suicide or death.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about being a burden to others and how the world would be better off without him/her.
- Talking about being trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Complete withdrawal.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings and acting recklessly.
- Looking for ways to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining access to firearms, pills, or other means to kill oneself.
- Giving away prized possessions and other personal things; tying up loose ends.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher
For immediate assistance
Online Resources for Mental Wellness
- Change Direction: The Campaign to Change Direction is a coalition of concerned citizens and leaders here to change the culture about mental health, mental illness, and wellness.
- I am that Girl: A movement that aims to “inspire girls to love, express, and be exactly who they are,” “transforming self-doubt into self-love.”
- Reach Out: Features stories from people who have been through rough times and provides strategies for dealing with mental illness, school, relationships, and sexuality.
- Teen Mental Health: This website provides in-depth info about mental illness for teens. Check out their Youtube videos and social media pages!
- To Write Love on Her Arms: A non-profit whose mission is to “present hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.”
- Trevor Space: A social media network that provides a community for tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth looking to connect with each other and find support.
- Wear Your Label: A “conscious clothing line” with “the goal to create conversations about mental health and ultimately end the stigma (in style).”
- You Matter: You Matter stresses that suicide is never the answer and contains blog posts about healthy living.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP): Resources and information to help people who are at risk and their loved ones get help. This website also includes facts and statistics about suicide, key research findings, and support groups.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: Information on and advice for dealing with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, including support groups and peer inspiration.
- Mental Health America: General information about mental health issues and treatment options, including support groups.
- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Informative statistics about suicide and webinars about mental health from an organization that works to prevent suicide.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Information on a variety of mental illnesses and treatment for teens and adults and the parents, family, and friends of loved ones who are struggling. This website includes an information and referral helpline and online discussion groups.
- National Eating Disorders Association: General information about eating disorders and treatment, an information and referral helpline, and support networks for teens, people struggling with an eating disorder, and loved ones. (Also, check out this blog.)
- National Institute of Mental Health: Includes information on a variety of mental illnesses, including symptoms, treatments, and advice for parents. This site also features articles describing the latest mental health research
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Resources for recognizing and treating substance abuse.
- ConnectMe: Your link to mental and behavioral health resources for youth and families in the Fairfax, VA area.
- Headspace: Meditation made simple; they have a variety of guided and unguided lessons of all different lengths.
- Happify: Cutting-edge science-based activities and games to overcome negative thoughts, anxiety, and everyday stress.
- A Friend Asks: Helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.