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Steps You Can Take Now

If you are having thoughts of suicide, it’s crucial to take immediate action and seek help. Here are several steps that can be taken:

Reach out to a trusted person

Share your feelings with someone you trust—a friend, family member, coworker, or anyone who can provide support. Sometimes, expressing your thoughts to someone can be the first step toward getting help.

Contact a mental health professional

Reach out to a mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, or counselor. They are trained to help individuals navigate through difficult emotions and provide appropriate support.

Call a crisis hotline

In the United States, the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available 24/7 by calling or texting 988. Many countries have similar hotlines. A trained crisis counselor can provide immediate support and connect you to local resources.

Text or chat support

Some crisis hotlines also offer text or chat services for those who may prefer not to speak on the phone. In the U.S., the Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting “Home” to 741-741. The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline also has a chat service. 

Visit a hospital emergency room

If you are in immediate danger, it’s important to go to the nearest hospital emergency room. They can provide urgent care and connect you with mental health professionals.

Remove access to means

If you have access to lethal means (such as medications, firearms, or other potentially harmful items), consider temporarily removing or securing them. This can be a vital life-saving measure.

Involve a support network

Share your situation with friends, family, or colleagues who can offer ongoing support. Building a strong support network is crucial for long-term well-being.

Create a safety plan

Work with a mental health professional to create a safety plan that outlines coping strategies, support contacts, and steps to take during a crisis. You can also develop your own by using this template.

Follow up on treatment

If you’ve sought professional help, follow through with recommended treatment plans. Attend therapy sessions, take prescribed medications, and stay connected with your mental health provider. Find a provider near you.

If you know someone who is struggling, encourage them to seek help and offer assistance in connecting with appropriate resources. It’s important to take thoughts of suicide seriously and to act promptly to ensure the safety and well-being of the individual.

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