May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I have decided to do a series on resources that are available for those who are (sadly) having suicidal thoughts. One thing I always do when I am feeling that way is to remind myself that I have a sick brain that lies to me. Then I count in my mind all the people who would be negatively affected by my killing myself. I even count my cat!  Caring for a pet has many mental health benefits. I do not want my cat to go to the pound where she might be put down.

I also tell myself that if I am still around then there must be a reason. I still have something to learn in this life, even of it is not apparent to me at the time.

And lastly therapy and support groups help me to put things in perspective and give me hope.

 

Anyway here is a good article I found listing tons of resources to help those who feel suicidal and those around them. Around 35,000 Americans die from suicide and one million attempt suicide in the U.S. every year. If you feel suicidal please get help!

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English: Chart showing he circumstances for suicide in 16 states in the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Suicide And The Cost Of Life

 

Suicide is a major public health concern. It affects young and old around the world without regard for gender, ethnicity, education, or income. Individuals who are suicidal can feel lost, confused, hopeless, alone, and unworthy. Issues like a sudden breakup, chronic illness, an untreated mental health condition, and being unable to find work, can lead individuals to believing that taking their own life is the only solution for stopping their pain. Suicide, however, can be prevented. Everyone can learn to be an advocate to support themselves, a friend, family member, neighbor, or work associate to get the help they need by turning to suicide prevention resources.

 

Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

 

The Alliance works to carry out the goals of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, a United States structured effort to halt suicide rates. Objectives of the plan include providing access to treatment and getting concerned citizens, businesses, researchers, and other sectors involved in the support process.

 

American Association of Suicidology

 

Suicide prevention professionals and volunteers will find training and accreditation programs, statistics, and current research useful for treating and prevention of suicides.

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

 

AFSP believes that the key to preventing suicide is encouraging openness in discussions and increasing research projects about and public education initiatives directed towards those in crisis.

 

Coping with Suicidal Thoughts (PDF)

 

Stay safe when dealing with thoughts of doing self-harm by developing a safety plan.

 

Department of Defense – Suicide Prevention & Awareness

 

Articles, videos, crisis line information and other prevention resources designed for all current or past service members.

 

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance

 

Use this guide for basic suggestions useful to those dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts.

 

Helping a Friend Scenario

 

Confused about what to say or do when someone you know appears to be suicidal? This mock conversation provides a look at what you can say and do to support.

 

How Senior Living Staff can Promote Emotional Health & Prevention of Suicides

 

This free toolkit is instantly available by download and address concerns of suicide among seniors.

 

How to Help Someone Who Is Suicidal

 

Those who are concerned about the emotional state of a family member, friend, or associate will find the suicide prevention tips, warning signs, and do’s and don’ts discussed in this article make talking about suicide a little less intimidating.

 

Invitations for Help (PDF)

 

Social prejudices that teach that suicidal individuals are being weak or selfish can stop those who need support from seeking it out. Communication, behaviors, and situations discussed here can identify those in danger of committing suicide and inform of ways to get help.

 

Jed Foundation

 

The Jed Foundation focuses on empowering college students to overcome suicidal thoughts.

 

Means Matter Campaign

 

This campaign addresses the methods used in suicide attempts and counsels on reducing access to highly lethal methods.

 

National Center for Injury Prevention & Control – Suicide Prevention

 

These data, reports, studies, and publications are useful in addressing and preventing suicides among youths and adults.

 

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Suicide Prevention

 

The NIMH offers access to publications about suicide prevention, statistics, and treatment information.

 

National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS)

 

NOPCAS works to ensure that minorities are not ignored in suicide prevention interventions and strategies.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

 

Lifeline delivers confidential suicide intervention nationwide to anyone experiencing a crisis at any time by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

Reach Out

 

Those who are suicidal often feel as if they are alone. These survivor stories written by teens and young adults benefit those who are struggling realize there are others who have dealt with the same experiences.

 

Read This First

 

There is never any shame in asking for help. Individuals thinking about suicide should read these coping strategies.

 

Recommendations for Reporting On Suicide

 

Journalist and others in the media can play a large part in preventing suicides and encouraging those at risk to get help through responsible reporting practices. These recommendations dissect how the media can positively increase awareness of suicide.

 

Samaritans

 

Having a safe and private way to speak to speak to someone who will be supportive and nonjudgmental can help to prevent suicide. The Samaritans offer this needed support by phone, email, text and in branch offices for those in the United Kingdom.

 

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide

 

Teenagers just like adults can feel so overwhelmed and confused by the struggles of life that they consider suicide as an option. This society focuses on stopping teen suicides with information provided for teenagers, parents, and educators.

 

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)

 

Those having thoughts of doing harm to themselves and those who do not know what steps to take when someone they love appears suicidal can use these resources from SAVE. Suicide facts, warning signs, and myths are addressed.

 

Suicide.org

 

Find Information here on different suicide prevention topics including how to recognize depression in elderly individuals.

 

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

 

Everyone can play a role in aiding someone to not commit suicide. These customized fact sheets give an overview of suicide related situations that those in specific roles might encounter. Guidance on appropriate responses in these situations is also addressed.

 

Take 5 to Save Lives

 

These ideas are created to help prevent a suicide related death in just 5 minutes.

 

The Bright Side

 

Greater understanding of suicide leads to earlier recognition of symptoms and timely intervention to save lives. 10 reasons not to commit suicide are also featured.

 

The Jason Foundation, Inc.

 

The Jason Foundation offers public workshops, training for professionals who work with youths, and information for parents to protect children.

 

The Trevor Project

 

Suicide and crisis intervention directed at youths and those who interact with youths dealing with issues related to sexual orientation. The Trevor Lifeline can also be reached at 866-488-7386 for immediate aid.

 

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program

 

Reviewing the warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide can be helpful if determining if a teen you care about needs to get help.

 

Youth Suicide Prevention Program

 

Videos, posters, and other resources here expose the truth about youth suicides. Awareness of the warning signs discussed here and frequently asked questions relevant to kids, teenagers, and parents can aid in preventing tragedy.

 

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