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Are You in a Crisis Right Now?

If you are in a crisis right now or are feeling suicidal, please call someone. Call a relative or a friend, your psychiatrist, or 911. There is help out there for you - all you have to do is ask for it.

There are some online support sites for people that are feeling suicidal or have nowhere else to turn. Visit some of the sites below if you need help, but please - if you are truly feeling suicidal call 911.

Online Support:

The Samaritans
   
Suicide Prevention Facts
 
Suicide and Crisis Helplines around the World
   
Befrienders International Online

Suicide Statistics
(All figures are for U.S.)

Deaths Annually: 29,350 (2000)

Death Rate: 10.7 deaths per 100,000 population (2000)

Cause of Death Rank: 11th (2000)

Cause of Death Rank for 10-14 Year Olds: 3rd (2000)

Cause of Death Rank for 15-19 Year Olds: 3rd (2000)

Cause of Death Rank for 20-24 Year Olds: 3rd (2000)

Source: Monthly Vital Statistics Report, Vol. 50, No. 16

How to Help Someone Who is Suicidal:

Here's How:

1. Be aware of the warning signs: depression, final arrangements, giving away of possessions, sudden elevated mood, self-destructiveness, and talk of suicide.

2. Be calm and accepting.

3. Give them your full attention; show that you take their feelings very seriously. A suicide attempt is never just a ploy for attention. It is a cry for help.

4. Do not be afraid to ask if they are thinking of suicide. You are not giving them ideas that they haven't already had.

5. Ask if they have a plan and a means to carry out a suicide. Those who have a definite plan are in the most immediate danger.

6. Don't leave them alone. If you must leave, contact someone you trust to take over.

7. Listen attentively and encourage them to share what they are feeling. Allowing them to vent will lessen some of the pressure they feel inside.

8. Avoid the urge to problem-solve or offer judgment on how bad things really are. How serious the problem is is less important than how serious it feels to them.

9. Keep them talking. As they tire, they will lose momentum and be less likely to act on their feelings.

10. Offer them a reason to go on in whatever form they will accept. Love of their children, hope that they can get well, even fear of a failed suicide attempt: all can help them hang on a bit longer until they get the treatment they need.

11. Encourage them to seek professional help as soon as possible. Let them know that depression is an illness and that it is very treatable. Help them make arrangements and take them to their appointment if necessary.

12. If you feel they are in immediate danger, don't hesitate to contact 911 or other emergency number in your area. It is not a betrayal of friendship to get your loved one help. They may feel angry at the time, but this will pass.

Information from About.com


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This Site Updated 04/09/11