First thing first: Understand you have resources available to you.
It’s advised that if you are feeling like you want to cause harm to yourself, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) is a 24-hour phone number that will allow you to reach out to a trained counselor that can support and assist you.
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If you are concerned about someone, there are warning signs to watch for according to the CDC.
- Feeling like a burden
- Being isolated
- Increased anxiety
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Increased substance use
- Looking for a way to access lethal means
- Increased anger or rage
- Extreme mood swings
- Expressing hopelessness
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Making plans for suicide
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You may feel like you cannot help anyone that may want to harm themself, but you can. Here are ways you can help:
- Keep them safe.
- Be there.
- Follow up.
- Help them connect. Start with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
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