The following warning signs of suicide demand IMMEDIATE attention
- 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.
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.
For immediate assistance
- Call 1-800-Suicida for Spanish speakers
- Call 1-877-YOUTHLINE for teen-to-teen counseling
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Call 1-800-273-TALK(8255)
- The Trevor Project – LGBTQ Crisis Hotline
- Call 1-866-488-7386
- I’m Alive – an Online Crisis Network Chat
- Teen Online: Teens helping teens in online chats
- Find a therapist: Search Psychology Today to find a professional to see in your area.
- Better help: another way to find a therapist near you.
- The Hope Line (faith-based): Live chat available from 2pm – 12am
Other Organizations in the Movement
- 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.
- Sad Boys Org Instagram and Podcast: an online and in person platform ignited to create community for men of all ages within the mental health world.
- Self Care Station: apparel website to spread self-care love and normalize mental illness and speaking about mental health, partners with mental organizations to raise awareness and talk about the stigma.
- Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide: an organization that connects teens, provides resources and advocates to prevent teen suicide.
- 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.”
- You Matter: You Matter stresses that suicide is never the answer and contains blog posts about healthy living.
LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health
- CDC LGBTQ+ Resources: provides resources for LGBTQ+ youth, friends, supporters, educators, school administrators, parents, guardians and family members.
- It Gets Better Project: online platform to share LGBTQ+ stories and to remind teens that there is hope and it will get better.
- Movies and TV shows from Common Sense media featuring LGBTQ+ teens.
- Trans Lifeline: A trans-led hotline and non-profit organization offering “direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis.”
- 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.
- Why Mindfulness is Important
- Mindful Movement for Middle and High School Students
- The Mindful Wheel of Awareness for High School Students
- Mindful Breathing and Self-Compassion for Educators and Parents
- A Friend Asks: Helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.
- Happify: Cutting-edge science-based activities and games to overcome negative thoughts, anxiety, and everyday stress.
- Headspace: Meditation made simple; they have a variety of guided and unguided lessons of all different lengths.
- notOK: Gives you the ability to get immediate support from your friends, family, or peer network.
- Best Movies about Mental Health from NAMI
- FREE Youtube yoga videos
- COVID mental health support: up-to-date mental health resources for mental health and suicide prevention
- Coronavirus Anxiety: mental health support specifically during COVID-19
- Maintaining Mental Health During Coronavirus, from Seize the Awkward
- Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook: a self-care toolkit from Bay Psychology — article from NYT,
- Intensive In-Home Behavioral Health During COVID-19: Tip Sheet: from The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
- Mental Health America for COVID-19
- NAMI for COVID-19
- Quick Resilience: A Weekly Dose of Self-Care for Immediate Relief, every Friday from April 10 – June 26, 12:30-12:50, by the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities