Let’s Talk About It
Suicide is preventable. But it’s important to know the signs and start a conversation about it as early as possible.
Whether you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts or a friend is, support is never far away. Get in touch with ConnecTeen today if you or someone you know is in need. Let us help make tomorrow a brighter day.
Suicide Prevention Resources
ConnecTeen offers support for individuals dealing with suicidal thoughts. Our volunteers and counsellors are here to help, and we can also connect you with other resources. Call 911 if you’re in crisis, but other support resources can include:
You’re not alone—reach out for support that suits you best.
Creating a Safety Plan
Creating a safety plan for yourself is a great way to address your feelings and manage suicidal concerns.
If you’re not sure where to start, these steps are here to help. Better yet, we can help you create a safety plan when you get in touch with us for help today.
Step 1: Recognize the Warning Signs
When faced with warning signs of a crisis,, so spend some time finding one that works for you.
Pay attention and recognize warning signs of an impending crisis:
- How do you or feel physically and emotionally leading up to thoughts of suicide or self-harm?
- Are there increasing feelings of depression, irritability, or hopelessness?
- Are you having trouble sleeping?
- Are you spending increasing amounts of time alone?
Write down any warning signs you’ve experienced.
Step 2: Internal Coping Strategies
it’s important to use internal coping strategies.
You can distract yourself from feelings of hopelessness by engaging in activities like:
- Going for a walk
- Listening to upbeat music
- Taking a shower
- Playing a video game
- Spending time with a pet
Everybody has a different coping strategy
Step 3: Social Strategies
Step 3 of the safety plan involves using social contacts and settings as distractions.
This includes connecting with friends or family or simply being in social environments like coffee shops or places of worship. However, it’s not necessary to talk about how you’re feeling unless you feel that it might help.
Step 4: Support Person
If steps 1 through 3 aren’t effective, reach out to someone you trust for support during a crisis. Have a few people in mind for potential support in case the first person is unavailable.
Discuss your situation and safety plan with these trusted individuals ahead of time. Include their contact information and availability in your safety plan.
Step 5: Professional Help
Step 6: Restrict Access
Create a safe environment by restricting access to lethal means—anything that could be used to harm yourself. This may include storing firearms safely and limiting access to medication.
How to Help Someone with Suicidal Thoughts
When it comes to helping someone you know, it’s important for them to be open and honest about their feelings. Talking to a friend, family member, or professional can help them make sense of their thoughts and start the process of managing them.
Here are some helpful tips for supporting a friend dealing with suicidal thoughts. For more information, please visit our Supporting Your Friends page.
Know the Signs
Be aware of signs indicating someone is contemplating suicide, such as a fixation on death or distancing themselves from others.
Recognizing these signs and being receptive when someone opens up about their suicidal thoughts is crucial for providing support.
Start the Conversation
When you suspect someone might be suicidal, it’s essential to start the conversation by being direct and using the word “suicide.” By initiating this discussion, you can relieve those hesitant to open up about their thoughts.
Evaluate the Danger
When someone reveals thoughts of suicide, it’s important to assess the situation’s urgency. Evaluate if they have a plan, how detailed it is, and if they have access to lethal means.
Also, consider if they have attempted suicide in the past, as this increases the risk. Ask them about the support systems they have, like counsellors or other trusted people they can talk to.
How to Help
If someone is imminently in danger of taking their own life:
- Call 911.
- Take them to the emergency room.
- Contact ConnecTeen, and we can connect them with other resources.
When someone expresses thoughts of suicide, it is crucial to listen attentively and allow them to share their reasons openly.
By offering genuine empathy and hope, gently challenge their thought process and guide them towards a more positive outlook. Be persistent but not forceful, and focus on reasons for choosing life.
Take care of your friend’s mental health by discussing long-term plans, connecting them with a counsellor, and checking in on them regularly.
Recognize You Can’t Do Everything
When supporting someone with suicidal thoughts, it’s crucial to understand your limitations and not blame yourself for the outcome. Take care of yourself and seek extra support if needed.
Contact us anytime or chat online with someone who understands your situation.
Need Help Supporting Your Friends?
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please find help immediately. Reach out to our team at ConnecTeen, or call 911.
You are loved and valued, and we’re here to support you.
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