A Bridge to Help: Resources
About Suicide: Risk Factors & Warning Signs
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
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
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
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
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.