If you or someone you know is in a life threatening emergency or in immediate danger of harming themselves.
- Mental health crisis helpCall 911 and ask for a CIT Officer (Crisis Intervention Team). They are specially trained to help someone in a mental health crisis.
- Mental health crisis help
Call 911 and ask for a CIT Officer (Crisis Intervention Team). They are specially trained to help someone in a mental health crisis.
Helpful Tactics for Battling Thoughts of suicide
If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe right now, seek immediate help,
call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
Use your coping skills. Examples might be:
- Relaxation techniques
- Deep breathing
Call/text a friend or loved one
- Let them know you’re having a difficult day
- Ask if they can spend some time with you
- Go for a bike ride or a walk
- Watch you favorite TV show or movie
- Go to your favorite place or store
Go somewhere you feel safe
- Visit a friend or loved one’s home
- Visit your favorite place or store
Make your environment safe
- Ask a friend or loved one to store your medications and firearms
- Lock up medications and firearms
After An Attempt
Veterans Crisis Line
Create a Safety Plan
A crisis may come upon you again and if that happens, it is vital to take the correct course of action to keep yourself safe. Developing a safety plan, a written plan of action, that you can refer to can help you overcome suicidal thoughts and get you to safety. This plan is a checklist of actions such as:
- Contacting your doctor, therapist, or crisis center to help you cope with suicidal thoughts
- Try specific healthy and enjoyable activities when negative thoughts start to intrude
- Call a friend or family member who can help you through the suicidal thoughts.
Be sure to learn what your warning signs are so you can spot them early and refer to your safety plan.
Suicide Can Be Prevented
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If you are in a crisis, please call 911 or the 24-hour help line at 1-800-271-talk (8255).