This past week has been a tough one for high profile suicides, so I wanted to take a moment and remind people of some resources. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a great resource for anyone who is suicidal or knows someone who is or is a suicide loss survivor. You can call 1-800-273-8255 anytime, 24/7 and someone will talk with you. If you or someone you know is exhibiting any of these warning signs, please reach out and seek help.
The Crisis Text Line can also be reached by texting HOME to 741741 anytime, 24/7 if you prefer to text with someone instead of talking over the phone.
NoStigmas Ally Program is a great resource for non-crisis support and something I am a part of.
Those resources are always available on my Links page.
Having been suicidal, I get it. I know how unbearable pain can be. I know the grips depression can have on you. I didn’t get proper help for years later, but I’m so glad I did. It’s never too late. Opening up and talking to a therapist on a regular basis was key to my recovery and still is. Find someone you can talk to whether it’s a close friend or family member, or someone at a crisis line. Let someone know what you are going through. Reaching out and speaking up is the first step in lifting that weight off of you. Make the choice to live. There are people who care about you. Lots of people. Life is hard and messy but you don’t have to go through it alone. Please reach out. And lets end the stigma that keeps so many people from seeking help.
One final note: family and friends…please reach out to your loved ones. Give them a call. Invite them to lunch. Be there to listen. Let them know you care.