What to Expect When You Call
Some people find the following things helpful when having thoughts of suicide
Use your coping skills. Examples might be:
- Relaxation techniques
- Deep breathing
Call/text a friend or loved one
- Let them know you’re having a difficult day
- Ask if they can spend some time with you
- Go for a bike ride or walk
- Watch your favorite TV show or movie
- Play a game on your phone
- Play with a pet
- Write about a happy memory and how it reminds you of your reasons for living
Go somewhere you feel safe
- Visit a friend or loved one’s home
- Visit your favorite place or store
Make your environment safe
- Ask a friend or loved one to store your medications and firearms
- Lock up medications and firearms
If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
The important step of finding a mental health professional can feel overwhelming or uncomfortable. However, a trustworthy and knowledgeable professional can be a valuable ally on your road to wellness. Mental health treatment works, and is worth the time and effort required. It may take a little time and persistence to locate this ally or assemble a team of allies. Following this plan can increase the chance of finding someone whom you feel comfortable working with.
NAMI Utah’s Mentor Program
Click below to find information on mentor support and contacting a mentor.
NAMI National Tips
Download steps suggested for finding a mental health professional.
Mental Health America
What to Expect when Working with a Provider.