Know the signs
Suicide is 100% preventable. Suicide prevention starts by being aware of the warning signs that may indicate that you or someone you know is at risk for suicide.
- Talking about wanting to die
- Making a plan or researching ways to die
- Feeling hopeless, guilty, and a burden on others
- Having no sense purpose or reason to live
- Saying goodbye, giving away important items, or making a will
- Withdrawing from friends and isolating oneself
- Unbearable emotional or physical pain
- Acting anxious or agitated
- Displaying sudden mood swings
- Taking dangerous risks and increasing use of alcohol or drugs
How to ask for help
Although asking for help may seem scary, it’s really a sign of strength and bravery. You deserve support.
Here’s how asking for help can look:
“Hi Julie. I really need some help. I’m going through a lot right now and I feel like I’m barely hanging on. Lately, I’ve been thinking about suicide.”
Remember: help is always available. Here are some tips on how to ask for help.
- Talk to someone you trust. This could be a family member, friend, counselor, or doctor.
- Try to clearly express how much you are struggling.
- Clearly say that you are thinking of suicide so that the other person knows that you need help right away.
Where to get help
We’re here to support you! Your Mindstrong clinical team is available 24/7 for any urgent support, including thoughts of suicide. Connecting with a Mindstrong therapist takes 4 easy steps.
- Open the Mindstrong App
- Tap “Talk to your care team”
- Tap “Urgent Help: Speaking immediately with the next available therapist.”
- Then confirm that it is a crisis by tapping “Yes, start an urgent session.”
A Mindstrong therapist will begin chatting with you in 20 minutes.
You can also reach out to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), Crisis Text Line (Text “HELLO” to 741741), or 911.