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Patients

Depression and suicide affect people of all ages and populations. American Indian/Alaska Native populations experience a higher rate of suicide than any other group in the U.S. If you are experiencing a crisis, there are options available to help.

For confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov webpage, or text the Crisis Text Line Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov(text START to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S., and a trained Crisis Counselor will respond quickly).

The Trevor Project Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov offers crisis services that create a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment for youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ), by phone at 1-866-488-7386, and through text (text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200, available on Thursdays and Fridays between 4 to 8 PM Eastern, and 1 to 5 PM Pacific).

Friends and Family

  • If someone you know is struggling emotionally or is in crisis, you can make a difference by getting them the help and support they may need. Watch for these suicide warning signs:
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like researching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated, or behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Do's when helping:

  • DO talk openly about suicide
  • DO be willing to listen
  • DO allow expressions of feeling
  • DO get involved, be available, and show interest and support
  • DO remove means, such as weapons, rope, or pills

Don'ts when helping:

  • Do NOT dare him or her to do something harmful
  • Do NOT act shocked, judge, or "one-up" (example: "You’re having a bad day? You should hear about my day!"), as this encourages disconnection
  • Do NOT be sworn to secrecy; do seek support
  • Do NOT offer glib reassurance

Suicide is a scary topic, but help and education are available.

For confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis Chat Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov webpage, or text the Crisis Text Line Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov (text START to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S., and a trained Crisis Counselor will respond quickly).

The Trevor Project Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov offers crisis services that create a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment for youth who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ), by phone at 1-866-488-7386, and through text (text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200, available on Thursdays and Fridays between 4 to 8 PM Eastern, and 1 to 5 PM Pacific).

Support

A support finder Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov with suggestions on how to find a therapist or support group, and links for finding assistance, is available through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

The AFSP also provides facilitator training for support groups Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov, which offers a powerful way for those who have lost a loved one to suicide to connect with others.

Resources

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide
  • Crisis Text Line Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov a free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.
  • Jason Foundation Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is dedicated to the prevention of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs.
  • JED Foundation Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov aims to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources.
  • Samaritans USA Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov provides hotlines, public education programs, support groups and other crisis response, outreach and advocacy programs to communities throughout the U.S.
  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov works to prevent suicide through public awareness, education, stigma reduction, and by serving as a resource to those touched by suicide.
  • The Trevor Project Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.
  • Veterans Crisis Line Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov is a free, 24/7 confidential support for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends.

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