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What to Do If You Are Worried About Yourself or Someone You Love

The best way to prevent a crisis related to suicide is to get help and support early, before the situation gets worse. Just like how doctors have become better at identifying and treating heart problems before they become life-threatening, the same principle applies to preventing suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of self-harm, it’s important to seek mental health care as soon as these signs appear.

If you or a loved one is feeling anxious but not in immediate danger of self-harm, reach out to a doctor or a mental health professional. If the person is already getting treatment, let the therapist know about the situation. Also, inform family and friends to provide support.

If it’s not practical to contact a clinician or loved ones, or if self-harm seems imminent, call a crisis hotline like the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. You can dial 988 or visit 988lifeline.org for help.

If there’s an immediate danger, go to the nearest hospital emergency room. If that’s not possible, call 911 or a local crisis line and explain the situation. Many communities have first responders trained to assist people in mental health crises. If you can, also inform a family member or friend to stay with you and ensure a safe environment.

When a friend is distressed, start a conversation to express your concern in a private, quiet setting. Be specific about what you’ve noticed and offer to listen. Your role isn’t to solve their problems but to provide support.

The most critical information to obtain is whether they’re at risk of self-harm. If they’ve expressed such thoughts, connect them with help.

If your friend isn’t in immediate danger, ask if they have any ideas on what might help and offer to check in with them periodically. Remember, you don’t need to have all the answers; being there to listen and provide support is often enough.

If your friend reveals thoughts of self-harm, don’t promise to keep it a secret. Seek help, which may involve notifying their family, campus crisis team, or 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. If it’s an emergency, call 988 or 911.

If you feel safe doing so, stay with your friend until they receive assistance. Your support is crucial, but you can also rely on crisis hotlines, healthcare professionals, and others to help manage the situation together. It’s important to inform a trusted adult about the situation so they can support you and your friend.