When mental health challenges go unaddressed, they can lead to serious health problems and can even be fatal. Suicide is preventable if you learn the warning signs and speak up if you’re worried about yourself or a loved one.
The causes of suicide are complex and it’s often an impulsive act, so it’s important to educate yourself and take action at the first sign of concern. Learning the warning signs and having the courage to speak up can save lives.
This comprehensive overview from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) includes suicide risk factors, warning signs and ways to reach out for support or help a friend.
Health Magazine created a two-minute video that walks through seven common warning signs of suicide.
Suicide attempt survivors share their stories and offer advice for others who may be struggling in this video from As/Is.
Lemonada Media and The Jed Foundation partnered on “Last Day,” an award-winning, twelve-part series that delves into the many dynamics of suicide and prevention.
Whether you’re feeling hopeless, worried about a loved one or coping after losing someone to suicide, there are always actions you can take to help yourself or someone you care about
The hopelessness that contributes to suicidal thoughts is usually temporary, and most survivors are glad they lived. Get help at the first sign that you or someone you know feels suicidal. You aren’t alone, and things will get better.
Crisis Text Line
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A free peer support phone service run by trans people for the trans community. Operates from 10am to 5am EST.
The Trevor Project
A safe, judgement free support service for LGBTQ and questioning youth who are struggling or thinking about suicide. Available 24/7.
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