National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Toolkit

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Suicide Prevention Toolkit
created by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline funded by SAMHSA, administered by Link2Health Solutions.
Suicide is Preventable 
Suicide affects us all -- more than twice the number of people in America die from suicide than homicides, and more people die by suicide than car accidents each year.  
Get Involved
Share and use this resource to help make stronger connections in your own communities and through social media. Use these tips to reach out to those who may be struggling. We can     do something to help prevent suicide.
However,  the overwhelming majority of people with intense suicidal experiences find their way through these tough times.   Their stories remind us, that suicide IS preventable... 
We Can All Help
There is something we all can do to prevent suicide. Promoting meaningful, caring connections with each other--in even the smallest of ways--has been shown to be a major factor in preventing suicide.   We're asking you, our incredibly supportive Lifeline community, to help spread the message. Shoot a SHORT (15-30 seconds) video, record the message below (with your own personal twist) and hashtag it #suicideispreventable #800273TALK #LETITOUT.       
If your video follows our guidelines, there's a good chance we'll feature it on our website or Facebook page.   
Then share your video on Facebook with your friends, family and community to help them feel connected while they're going through tough times.     
"Hey friends! Today, I'm making this promise to each of you: I will always listen to anything you need to say, no matter what. The Lifeline is there for you and so am I." 
There are two ways to share your video:   1. Upload the video to your Facebook page and use the hashtag #suicideispreventable and #800273TALK so we can find your video 2. You can also e-mail the video file as an attachment (.mov, .avi, .mpeg, or .wmv) to [email protected]
Click here for detailed guidelines.
MY3 Suicide Prevention App
The MY3 App will help you define your network and your plan to stay safe. Use the MY3 and prepare to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.   MY3 can help you get through your most difficult times.  Who are your "3"? Is it your sister? Your therapist? Maybe even a neighbor down the street? Download MY3 to make sure that your 3 are there to help you when you need them most. 
Download Here
 MY3 is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play, free of charge. 
Suicidal thoughts can seem like they will last forever – but most of the time these thoughts and feelings pass. Having a plan in place that can help guide people through difficult moments can make a difference and keep them safe. Ideally, such a plan is developed jointly with a counselor or therapist. It can also be developed with a Lifeline counselor who can help callers write down actions to take and people to contact in order to feel safe from suicide. In general, a safety plan is designed so that people can start at step one and continue through the steps until they feel safe. Everyone should keep their plan in an easy-to-access place (your wallet or cell phone) for moments when they have thoughts of hurting themselves.  
Click here to share these warning signs
Feeling like a burden to others Sleeping too little or too much.   Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.  Talking about feelings  of hopelessness  Searching for methods online Talking about wanting to die Withdrawing or feeling isolated.  Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain. 
Reach out if someone is:
How Can I Help My Friends?
If someone you know is exhibiting any of the warning signs listed above, here are some things you can do to help.
o Ask directly if your friend is thinking about suicide. o Be willing to listen. Allow their expressions of feelings, and accept those feelings. o Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life. Focus on being present with their feelings. o Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support. o Check in with your friend regularly. Schedule times to talk for the next week when you will both be available, to see how they are doing. o Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you. Be patient with yourself and the situation.  
o Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support. o Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance. o Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills o Get help from agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. o Encourage (and offer to accompany) your friend to seek help and support from a crisis specialist, therapist, doctor and/or clergy member. o Show them the safety or “crisis coping plan” on the Lifeline web site, and talk together about your friend can use this to help him/her to cope in these difficult moments.
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The Lifeline is there to help you through the hard times. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you’re struggling.
No matter what you are going through, the Lifeline is here if you're struggling with difficult emotions. You do not need to be thinking about suicide to call. The call is free and confidential, so don't hesitate to contact the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your life matters!
If you're dealing w/ difficult emotions right now, @800273TALK is there for anyone struggling 24/7/365. #youmatter
No matter what, #youmatter. If you’re struggling emotionally or thinking about suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  
If you are struggling with some tough thoughts right now don't hesitate to call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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