When You Feel Suicidal
911 and ask for a CIT Officer
or The Counseling Center of Wayne & Holmes Counties
Local 24-hour Crisis Response
330-264-9029 or Toll-Free 1-877-264-9029
or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
You don't have to feel this way.
There is help.
You can cope with suicidal feelings and thoughts. They are not your fault and they do not have to continue. Don't give in. Don't lose hope. There is help.
When you feel suicidal:
- Call friends or family.
- Call your doctor or therapist.
- Remember that when you feel suicidal, your brain is lying to you and making things seem worse than they are.
- Remember to take any prescribed medications and stick with your treatment plan.
- Have someone take away your car keys and anything you could use to hurt yourself. Stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Go to a hospital if necessary.
Remember that your life is valuable and worthwhile, even if it doesn't feel that way right now.
If Your Friend has a Suicide Plan
Friends Make a Difference
If you think a friend is depressed or suicidal, take it seriously. Here are things you can do to help:
- Let him or her know you care.
- Talk about your feelings and listen to your friend’s feelings. Be non-judgmental.
- Don’t minimize their feelings.
- Ask, “Are you depressed?”
- Ask, “Are you thinking of suicide?”
- Ask, “Have you made a plan?”
- Persist in stating that suicide is not a good solution. Offer hope.
- Encourage your friend to seek help. Say things like, “I know where we can get help. Let’s call now.”
- Call 911
If your friend has a suicide plan, do not leave him or her alone. Get help from crisis intervention professionals and alert their family, teachers, employers, clergy or other friends. Do it even if your friend asks you not to tell anyone. You may be saving a life.