Mental Health


If you’re feeling suicidal, you may be afraid you’ll be judged or that no one will understand. If you’re worried about someone else, you may fear that you’ll say the wrong thing. But talking openly can save a life. Don’t wait: reach out.

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How is suicide prevented?
You can help to prevent suicide by identifying the warning signs in yourself or a loved one and taking appropriate action. Signs to look out for include self-destructive behavior, talking or writing about dying, withdrawal from friends and activities, self-loathing, and hopelessness. If you notice these signs in another person, speak up about your concerns. Let the person know that you care and offer your help and support. Have an action plan for times when a suicide attempt seems imminent. This might involve removing potentially lethal objects and calling a crisis helpline.
What happens if I text 741 741?
In the United States, if you text HOME to 741 741, you’ll be connected to a free mental health helpline called the Crisis Text Line. A counselor will respond to you and offer support. You don’t have to be suicidal to text this line. You can use it whenever you’re experiencing painful emotions. Conversations tend to last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, and the counselor’s mission is to help you regain a sense of calm. If you’re in Canada, you can text WELLNESS to 741 741 for similar support.
What should I say to someone who almost killed themselves?
When talking to someone who attempted suicide, avoid berating them, arguing with them, or obsessing over their reasoning. It’s not your job to “fix” them. Instead, offer your time and support. Be willing to listen and have heart-to-heart conversations. Encourage them to take steps to address mental health issues, such as depression, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse. If they’re still in crisis, reach out for help immediately.
What does suicide prevention mean?
Suicide prevention is about reducing the risk of suicide in you or someone you love. This can involve recognizing the warning signs, finding mental health resources, and having an immediate action plan that can be used in a crisis. Reducing access to dangerous items, such as firearms, can be another crucial suicide prevention step.
What is suicide ideation?
Suicidal ideation is when a person is experiencing thoughts of suicide or is preoccupied with death. You might be passively wishing you were dead, or you might be actively planning ways to take your own life. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, it’s important to reach out to a suicide prevention helpline or mental health professional for help.