It’s National Suicide Prevention Week in the U.S. and on Sunday I announced that I’ll be creating content all this week to raise awareness followed by a message on Monday sharing my own experiences as a suicide attempt survivor.
Today I’m answering two of your most asked questions:
“How do I help someone thinking of suicide?” and “How do I get out of this rut if I’m thinking of self-harm?”
This video features the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s #BeThe1To campaign’s “5 Action Steps” which can be viewed in full here.
Let’s be the one to save a life and while we’re here let’s talk about how that life might be your own:
“Ask. Keep them Safe. Be there. Help them Connect. Follow Up.”
If you are actively thinking of suicide and can’t stay safe, please call 911 if it’s an emergency or the NSPL at 1-800-273-8255 if it’s not. You can also visit their website.
Here are the lines and sites I mention in my video:
- 211 Resource Locator: http://211.org
- Treatment Locator: https://www.samhsa.gov
- Support Locator: https://afsp.org/find-support/
- LGBT+ Youth: 1-866-488-7386, https://www.thetrevorproject.org
- RAINN: 1-800-656-4673, https://www.rainn.org
- If talking’s not your thing reach the Crisis Text Line 24/7 by texting ‘HOME’ to 741741, https://www.crisistextline.org
If someone you love is thinking of suicide get some tips by calling the NSPL or visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-someone-else/
*If you see someone talking about suicide or self-harm on social media please follow the link above, the section about social media includes step-by-step directions on how to report this content, they will reach out to the user to see if they need help & give them the info I’m giving you now.*
Special thank you’s go out to subscribers Ken and James for helping me piece together my thoughts for this message. You both were a huge part of making this video happen along with everyone else who reached out with a genuine desire to learn more and spread this message– Thank you!
And one more HUGE thank you to ‘Michael J. On Air’ for highlighting my suicide prevention week efforts over at 98.7 WMZQ.
(P.S. If you’re wondering what the heck I’m wearing this is a shirt designed by Jared Padalecki from ‘Supernatural’ & ‘Gilmore Girls’ for his Always Keep Fighting campaign. Jared is an incredible advocate who uses his own experiences with depression & anxiety to raise awareness for mental health.)