This is not a political blog, but I think we all need a reminder to take care of ourselves right now. Reach out for help – there are people who want to help you.
And to parents who read my blog, please tell your kids you love them and will fight for them.
Sources of Help:
Trans Lifeline for trans people:
- US number: 1-877-565-8860
- Canadian number: 1-877-330-6366
- and their website.
The Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ youth (US) – 1-866-488-7386 and their website.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (US): 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and their website.
Samaritans in the UK and their website.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention – their website has an interactive map with phone numbers and locations of crisis centers.
From Maria Shriver’s blog, Powered by Inspiration.
Two Years After My Suicide Attempt, I’m Still Living and Sharing
“Waking up two years ago gave me opportunities, some of which seem obvious but some of which I’m still discovering. I have the opportunity to continue the life I began and do the things I want to do. I have the opportunity to offer help to people who would have helped me if only I had shared what was going on.”
Finally, some helpful tips from the website Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide:
Suicide Warning Signs
- Talking about wanting to die
- Looking for a way to kill oneself
- Talking about feeling hopeless or
having no purpose
- Talking about feeling trapped or
in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or feeling isolated
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
The more of these signs a person shows, the greater the risk. Warning signs are associated with suicide but may not be what causes a suicide.
What to Do
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide:
- Do not leave the person alone
- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
- Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255)
- Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.