Resources for those in crisis
“If you are looking for a sign not to kill yourself, this is it.” – Unknown
It’s often hard to know the right way to support someone you love who is actively struggling with depression. When you suspect a loved one is in a really low place, it’s critical to make sure they aren’t in danger of attempting to end their life. Below are a few questions to help you in screening someone for suicidal ideation and behavior. If you believe your loved one is actively suicidal, it is crucial to take immediate action and call 911, 1-800-lifenet and/or take them to their local emergency room. While taking action is anxiety provoking, being attentive and responsive saves lives.
Questions to screen for suicidal ideation and behaviors:
1. Over the past two weeks, have you felt depressed, or hopeless?
2. Do you wish to fall asleep and not wake up?
3. Are you having thoughts of killing yourself?
4. If yes, do you have a plan on how you would kill yourself?
5. Have you ever attempted to kill yourself? If ‘yes,’ then when did this happen?
6. Where are you right now? Are you alone?
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741-741
Veterans Crisis Line
Send a text to 838255
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
In case of emergency dial 911
Also visit your:
Local psychiatric hospital
Local walk-in clinic
Local emergency department
Local urgent care center