A Bridge to Help: Resources

About Suicide: Risk Factors & Warning Signs
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There’s no single cause for suicide but there are warning signs that a person may be suicidal. If you see these signs in yourself, get help. If you are worried because you see theses signs in a friend or loved one, don’t handle it on your own: be a bridge to help. If you are a minor, approach an adult you trust, like a guidance counselor. No matter your age, you can always get help 24/7: text “NAMI” to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide Survivor: A Resource
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From The American Association of Suicidology’s Survivor’s Division, A Journey Toward Health and Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt is a handbook that guides people through the first steps toward recovery and a hopeful future after a suicide attempt. It includes personal stories from survivors who share their experiences as well as strategies, such as re-establishing connections and finding a counselor to work with.
If you are a survivor, seek help: you are important.

See the Signs? How to Get Help
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If you or someone you know is struggling, you are not alone. There are many support services and treatment options that may help. Some are free or can be obtained on a sliding scale. A change in behavior or mood may be the early warning sign of a mental health condition and should never be ignored. It is a sign of strength to reach out for help.
If you are in crisis now, text “NAMI” to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

Use Art to Heal: Tell Your Story
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The Love Story Media is a nonprofit publisher and educator whose mission is to take away the stigma of depression and reduce suicidal intent. They believe there are two paths for those facing ideation—self-destruction or self-expression—and invite individuals to create art to express grief, and by this means transform self-destruction into self-expression when dealing with personal adversities.

Pause; Breathe; Listen

Always remember:
You’re braver than you believe,
and stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.

– A.A. Milne

Online resources are a starting point but not a substitution for medical treatment. If you have symptoms — especially for longer than 14 days — contact a doctor or a mental health professional. If you are in crisis, call 911.