In a Crisis and Need Support? You Are Not Alone
If you are in need of help or feel like you might harm yourself, you are not alone. Remember that being strong is part of the healing process. It is also important to know when to ask for help. Your pain does not define you, nor does it have to be too much to handle on your own. There are professionals standing by to help you through a crisis.
The first thing you should do when thoughts of harming yourself occur is to call 911 immediately and explain how you feel. You can also call a suicide prevention crisis hotline at 800-784-2433 or 800-273-8255. For those who are deaf or hearing impaired, call 800-799- 4TTY.
If you feel more comfortable talking to someone you know, please call your mental health counselor or your medical doctor immediately. If it is after hours, leave a message with them and go to the hospital emergency room as soon as possible where a medical staff can help reduce your pain and evaluate your needs.
Veterans can call the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by dialing 800-273-8255 and pressing 1 to connect with the VA hotline. The VA hotline offers a notational suicide prevention center for veterans who are experiencing a crisis. T hey also have a live chat option available with round-the-clock access to people who are trained to help by clicking here.
Talk To Someone Who Can Help
If you are going through a hard time, it can help to talk to someone you love or trust. This could be a friend, family member, someone at your church, or a therapist. Even someone from a pain support group can help because they understand the pain you are experiencing. You are never alone and there is always someone out there who can help.
Please look through the following links to find a psychologist, a counselor or a social worker who can help:
- American Psychological Association
- National Association of Social Workers
- National Board of Certified Counselors
It is very important to seek help from one of the organizations below if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal. Each link will show you how you can contact someone immediately at any time of the day or night for help or someone to talk to.