The brief articles that follow will give you information on signs and symptoms of suicidal ideation, what to do if you or someone you know is suicidal, and statistics of suicide in the United States. Our purposes in providing this information include mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
If you recognize characteristics of yourself or someone you know in these articles, please immediately call one of the numbers on our resource page, dial 9-1-1, or go to the nearest emergency room. If your loved one is begging you not to do these things on his or her behalf, that in itself is a sign of the seriousness of the situation. Professional intervention is both warranted and necessary. As difficult as it may be to go against resistance to treatment, the truth is that it is much easier to save a life today than to grieve one tomorrow.
If the person suffering is you, give help a chance, even if you have done so before and are once again finding yourself in a dark place. This is common among people struggling with physical and mental health conditions. You are not doomed to a life of depression, nor are you are a failure. Professional assistance is just a phone call away. Please, pick up the phone now. The fact is that one life lost is one too many…and that includes yours.