Preparing for a Crisis
If you need immediate help or if you are having thoughts of death or suicide, call 1-800-273-TALK or, if you need immediate assistance, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
What if I am feeling suicidal?
Suicidal thoughts are temporary. Suicide is permanent. Don't give in to suicidal thoughts—you can overcome them. View a sample crisis plan.
Your feelings of hopelessness are not the truth. When you feel this way, it's your illness talking—your mind is lying to you. Remind yourself that suicidal thoughts are not reality.
If you are thinking of suicide, it is important to recognize these thoughts for what they are: expressions of a treatable medical illness. They are not true and they are not your fault. Don't let fear, shame, or embarrassment stand in the way of communication with your physician, therapist, family, or friends; tell someone right away.
If you are feeling out of control, it's important to seek help immediately—even if you are not having suicidal thoughts.
How can I be prepared for a crisis?
Often, crises happen without warning, and the best thing you can do to prepare yourself is to make a crisis plan for yourself, a friend, or a family member. This plan should be shared with everyone you choose. Briefly describe the kind of help you (or your loved one) would like to receive if you have severe depressive or manic symptoms.
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