This is Zach Beauchamp’s first person account of his suicidal depression He wrote it for Vox in June of 2018. A lo of what he sys is familiar to me, but we still walked different paths as each of us with depression does. There are so many similarities, but there are also so many differences. This is how we help each other, learn from each other, and keep moving forward.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Confidential crisis hotline available 24/7
IMAlive An online crisis network with trained volunteers available to chat 24/7.
My crisis intervention page will be updated on Saturday.
Mental Health Monday begins for the rest of the month on Monday, September 16th.
Please share your own resources in the comments and offer feedback on any of the above that you have familiarity with.
Today is the day on the calendar that we focus on bringing awareness to suicide prevention, but for those of us who are stuck in suicidal thoughts, suicide prevention is every day.
Throughout the month, I will be sharing links and resources for suicide prevention. Check on your friends. Add the Suicide Prevention Hotline to your phone (1-800-273-8255). Share it on your social media. Sometimes all someone needs is that one message that reminds them that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary situation.
Suicide Prevention HelpLine: 1-800-273-8255
I’ve posted about this subject before – twice that I could find links to, so in additon to those links below, I will also add a few things that popped into my mind (and my purse) as of this writing.
On Saturday, I reposted the making your own tool kit resource. Many of the suggestions are valid, but of course, one size does not fit all. That’s why I’ve written about and kept my own tool kits; to demonstrate what works for me in real time.
What works for you? Share it below. It might work for others. Working together and sharing resources and tools are what keeps us all moving forward.
What’s in My Personal Coping Tool Box (at the moment)?
Supernatural reruns on Netflix or TNT (the apps are on both my kndle and my smartphone.)
Small notebook for listmaking
A little bit of money – about $20 or a dedicated gift card
Granola bar for a burst of evergy. Avoid sugar, like candy bars or chocolate. If you avoid the sugar high, you’ll avoid the sugar crash.
Journal/Sketchbook with pen/pencil for scribbles and doodles.
Fold up soccer chair (in the car) so I always have a place to sit.