There's nothing braver than asking for help. If you or someone you know is struggling, check out these resources provided by Bears clinician Carla Suber.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts:
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
- Dial or text 988
Crisis Text Line
- Text Home to 741741
TrevorLifeline for LGBTQIA teens and young adults
- Call 866.488.7386 or text START to 678678
If you believe someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts:
- Don't be afraid to ask the question, "Are you having thoughts of ending your life?" Directly asking this question will help you know how to best intervene. Myth buster: Asking the questions does not plant a seed, it allows the person space to talk and feel less alone.
- Talk in a quiet private setting, be direct and honest. Listen without judgement.
- Reassure the person suicidal thoughts are common and treatable. If you feel comfortable enough, you may assist them in connecting to the appropriate treatment.
- Encourage them to seek appropriate professional help. Immediately call 911 if suicide is imminent. An imminent situation is when the individual has access and means to follow through with their attempt ex. Weapon, pills, etc.
- If it is an imminent situation, do not leave the person alone. If you cannot stay find someone who can stay until help arrives.
- Ask what has helped them before, do they have a support system ex. Church group or social community or a therapist they can contact.
- Avoid trying to solve the problem, providing a safe, non-judgmental ear is enough.
- Be willing to be present when the person contacts a resource, such a therapist or crisis line. Your presence is providing reassurance and support.