Mental Health Monday – It’s Okay to Talk About SuicideImage
Mental Health Monday – Suicide Prevention Awareness MonthStandard
The new talk line/help line number has been streamlined to an easy to remember three digit number –
It’s the same information, trained counselors willing to listen to you and your concerns, ready to help.
This is the first post for Mental Health Monday this month. I have a friend who commited suicide a few years ago – his birthday was last week, and he was so young, and I think of him often as does his family and his fiance.
When I felt suicidal I was fortunate to have friends encouraging me to get help, a doctor who listened, and a patient family, who may not have understood, but still became supportive to my needs. Simply adjusting the medication took a toll on all of us.
But we got through it.
And I’m glad to be able to post these hopefully helpful encouragements and resources. My main go-to resource is the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) website. Visit them and look around to see what suits you.
Mental Health Monday – National Suicide Prevention LifelineStandard
Beginning last Saturday, this easier to remember three-digit number is how to reach the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The other number still works, and this is not a new line. 988 will connect you to the existing suicide prevention lifeline. As with 1-800-273-8255, this is not a 9-1-1 call, and will not connect you to emergency services. This is crisis counseling with trained counselors. It may be used for phone calls, texts, and chat.
The Lifeline and 988 (information link)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (information link)
Mental Health MondayStandard
September is Suicide Prevention Month. Each year, too many people commit suicide and one thing that would prevent some of those suicides is knowing where to go to get help. Visit the websites of these three organizations and find out how you can get help or how you can help someone in crisis.
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness.
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
The Trevor Project – for LGBTQ+ and Trans Youth.
The Trevor Project provides confidential support for LGBTQ youth in crisis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Mental Health Monday – A First Person Account of DepressionStandard
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.
Everything is Awful and I’m Not Okay…Standard
Mental Health ResourcesStandard
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.
Drug Rehab [dot] com by Advanced Recovery Systems
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.
World Suicide Prevention DayStandard
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.
In the meantime, check out NAMI’s Instagram and search my Mental Health Monday tags for previous posts.
Mental Health Monday – ResourcesStandard
Suicide Prevention HelpLine: 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
IMAlive (an online crisis network)
The Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
TWLOHA: To Write Love on Her Arms
NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
Veteran’s Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, press 1. Text to 838255. There is also a confidential chat line on the website.
There is a more comprehensive list (although not inclusive) on my Crisis Intervention Page.
Check out all of the Mental Health Monday posts by followng this tag: mental health monday
Two other things you should check out:
Questions to Ask Before Giving Up
Let’s Make a Coping Skills Toolbox
Add anything you’ve found useful in the comments so I can include it in any updates.