September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. At BFHP we serve the most vulnerable populations in our communities, including people experiencing homelessness, Veterans, and LGBTQAI individuals, which are often disproportionately affected by this tragic and complicated health issue.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Help in English: 1-800-273-8255 | Ayuda En Español: 1-888-628-9454
For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.
Veteran Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or Text 838255 or Support for deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth): (866) 488-7386
PFLAG List of Support Hotlines: https://pflag.org/hotlines
Signs of someone that may be considering suicide are:
- Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
- Feelings hopeless, like there is no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling like there is no purpose to life
- Feelings of anger or rage
- Doing risky activities without thinking
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from family and friends
If you notice any signs of concerning behavior here are some things you can do to help
- Start a conversation: Mention the signs that made you to talk to them. Stay calm and let the person know you want to help them. Don’t leave the person alone.
- Listen, express concern and reassure the individual: Let the person know you care and that you take the situation seriously. Letting the person know you care will go a long way in establishing a support system.
- Create a safety plan: Ask the person if they have access to anything that could harm them and call for help if you feel the situation is dangerous.
- Get the individual help: Provide resources for the individual. Or if you feel the situation is severe, take the individual to the closest emergency room or seek help from a professional immediately.