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Together We Overcome

Suicide Prevention can be as simple as having a jam session, having family dinner, or calling up a friend. Connecting with others can reduce the judgement and stigma around mental health issues. Below are ideas to help you reach out.

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How to Get Help

It might feel a little awkward at first but talk to a trusted friend or family member about what you’ve been going through.

  • Send a text and ask if they can talk.
  • Go out to eat and bring up your stressors.
  • Watch a movie together.
  • See “Simple ways to start the conversation” below.

Simple Ways to Start the Conversation

It can be tough finding non-awkward ways to tell others you need help. Use this generator to find natural ways to bring up how you’re feeling. You got this.

Hey I’m having a hard time. Can we talk?
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How to Give Help

Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” to be mindful of when helping a loved one work through their feelings.

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Be willing to listen. Let them share their feelings, no matter what the feelings are.

Be non-judgemental.

Become available. Let them know that they can reach you, as well as when and how to do so.

Show support. Remind them of instances when they got through hard things. Involve family, friends and others to provide a safety net of support.

Create a safe environment. Remove firearms and lethal medications from their home. If possible, take extra precautions to lock up any harmful objects.

Offer resources (link to resources page)

Check in with them. Help them stay engaged in treatment and on the road to recovery.

Get help from professionals, who specialize in crisis intervention and suicide prevention (1-800-273-8255)

Don’t act shocked or offended. This could distance them further.

Don’t leave firearms and lethal medications accessible in their home. If possible, take extra precautions to lock up any harmful objects.

Don’t swear to secrecy. Always seek support and offer resources.

Don’t leave them to themselves. Check in with them, helping them stay engaged in treatment and on the road to recovery.

Don’t delay getting help from professionals specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention (1-800-273-8255)

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