Getting Help Is a Two-Way Street
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline
and Crisis Text Line
are great resources, but different things work for everyone. We tell people struggling with suicidal thoughts to get professional help, to reach out to us for support ... but I think it's important to reach out to them. To keep our eyes open. That in itself is a preventative measure. Because even when people do want to talk about how they're feeling, not everyone knows where to start. Add the fact that mental health services aren't always accessible to those who need it most and the fact that suicide and mental illness are riddled with stigma in our society, and it's that much more intimidating. So please, please just be love and compassion and support to people going through a rough time the best you can.
More Resources PoetryOD
writes about suicide prevention
and how the stressors of being a student impact mental health
Like this journal skin
? Thank Nichrysalis
. Speaking of Suicide
has some really helpful resources concerning suicidal individuals and/or survivors, their loved ones, mental health professionals, and so on. I've read several articles there that have made me think--what and what not to say to someone who is feeling suicidal, arguments for and against suicide prevention, etc.
Would you like me to add a group, article, or other resource? I'd be happy to. Leave a link in the comments and I'll check it out.
A hell of a lot. It can be exhausting to constantly acknowledge, sort through, and attempt to set aside feelings to the contrary. It can be difficult to remember you aren't a burden. It can be easy to forget you aren't alone, that even if someone doesn't understand by experience what you're going through, they love you and want to help in any way they can. It can be easy to forget that you are loved and lovable. But you are.