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 public health issue.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or text 988
For TTY Users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.
Chat online: 988lifeline.org/chat
Ayuda En Español: Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis: 1-888-628-9454
Veteran Crisis Line: Call 988 or Text 838255 or Support for deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889
Chat online: veteranscrisisline.net/get-help-now/chat
LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth): (866) 488-7386
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.