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SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE
A Better Way provides a 24/7 suicide prevention support.
Staff are trained and certified in safeTALK and/or ASIST – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
In cooperation with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, A Better Way provides regional hotline support for persons feeling suicidal or in any type of crisis in Indiana.
988 Suicide & Crisis Chat/Text
A Better Way is a national back-up for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Chat & Text Line.
LEARN LIFE-SAVING SKILLS
Available Training Resources
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training – Provided by QPR Institute
Yellow Ribbon Training – Provided by the Light for Life Foundation
Mental Health First Aid – Provided by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing
Ways you can help someone who is thinking about suicide:
- Listen actively: Be there for the person and allow them to express their feelings without judgment. Let them know you are there to listen and support them.
- Take their feelings seriously: Suicidal thoughts are a sign of deep distress. Don’t dismiss or minimize their feelings. Take them seriously and respond with empathy.
- Ask directly about suicide: Don’t be afraid to ask the person directly if they are thinking about suicide. Asking about it can show that you care and open up a conversation.
- Stay calm and non-judgmental: Respond with a calm and supportive attitude. Avoid blaming or criticizing the person for their thoughts.
- Encourage professional help: Suggest that they speak to a mental health professional, like a therapist or counselor, who can provide appropriate support and guidance.
- Offer to accompany them: If they are willing, offer to accompany them to seek professional help or call a helpline together.
- Remove access to lethal means: If possible, help them reduce access to items that could be used for self-harm or suicide.
- Stay connected: Regularly check in on the person to show that you care and are there to support them throughout their journey.
- Encourage self-care: Encourage them to engage in self-care activities and hobbies that may help alleviate stress and improve their mental well-being.
- Reach out for support: Don’t hesitate to involve other friends, family members, or professionals in the situation. Supporting someone in crisis is not a burden you have to carry alone.
- Do not leave them alone: If the person is in immediate danger or has a detailed plan for suicide, stay with them and call emergency services right away.
Contact 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
THE WARNING SIGNS
- Talking about wanting to die or kill oneself: The person may express feelings of hopelessness and mention thoughts of suicide directly or indirectly.
- Expressing unbearable emotional pain: The person may talk about feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope with their emotions or life circumstances.
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and society: The individual might isolate themselves and avoid social interactions that they used to enjoy.
- Changes in mood or behavior: Significant changes in mood, behavior, or sleep patterns may occur, such as increased irritability, anxiety, or sadness.
- Giving away prized possessions: The person may start giving away their belongings, making arrangements, or saying goodbye as if preparing for their own death.
- Engaging in risky or self-destructive behavior: The person might display reckless behavior without concern for their safety.
- Substance abuse: Increased use of alcohol or drugs as a way to escape or cope with problems may indicate a deeper issue.
- Expressing feelings of being a burden: The person may talk about feeling like a burden to others or feeling useless.
- Seeking access to lethal means: Expressing a desire to obtain firearms, medication, or other means to harm oneself.
- History of previous suicide attempts: A history of previous suicide attempts is a significant risk factor for future attempts.
A way to remember the warning signs: IS PATH WARM: