Self-help for people having suicidal thoughts

You don’t have to do this,
your thoughts of suicide do not have to become your actions.

~ Kevin Hines

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Beaver County Crisis at 800.400.6180

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If you’re thinking about suicide,
are worried about a friend or loved one,
or would like emotional support,
the Lifeline network is available 24/7
across the United States.

Suicide is NEVER the answer,
getting help is the answer.

If you are suicidal, have attempted suicide,
or are a suicide survivor,
you will find help, hope, comfort, understanding,
support, love, and extensive resources here.

I Love You.

And I will never stop fighting for you,

Kevin Caruso

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Senior Writer, Forum Administrator

The Crisis Text Line provides access to free, 24/7 support & information.

(At any time, you can text PA to 741741 for any sort of crisis to receive help and support from a live, trained professional.)

For over-the-phone support, please call the Suicide Hotline at 800.273.8255.

24/7 Free and Confidential Support

Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Vets  1.800.273.8255

Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio, 1.888.628.9454

Veteran’s Lifeline via TTY and Chat, 800.799.4889

Reaching Out for Help: A #RealConvo Guide from AFSP

It can be hard to talk about your mental health, particularly if you’re struggling. But reaching out for help by having a #RealConvo with someone in your life is a necessary step to take in feeling better. It’s also a strong thing to do.

Beacon Lens: COVID-19 stress | It’s OK to ask for help.

“It’s a stressful time. Further, it’s the kind of stress that the vast majority of the population has never experienced. In a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of American adults report that COVID-19 has affected their mental health. . .”

Now Matters NowSkills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts.

ABOUT: We have had suicidal thoughts and emotions and problems that felt unsolvable. Here are our stories, including research based ways for managing the most painful moments of life. We teach Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Opposite Action and Paced-breathing. These skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, proven to be helpful for people considering suicide. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling. You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools – they are useful for most people and on many problems.

STAR-Center: Teen Handbook on Depression

We have found that educating people about depression and suicide is one of our best tools in helping to treat psychiatric illness and prevent suicide.  This handbook has been designed to help educate you [the teen] about your illness.  We hope that the information will help you remain hopeful and know that all difficult situations can improve without your needing to resort to suicide or any self-harming behavior. To print this manual, click here.

Kevin Hines Story . . .

“Kevin Hines is a storyteller at heart. He is a best selling author, global public speaker, and award winning documentary filmmaker. In the Year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness & the ability to survive pain with true resilience.”

Psychology Today | Fighting Suicidal Thoughts | Simple Advice for Keeping Safe

“If you are assailed by suicidal thoughts, the first thing to remember is that most people who have attempted suicide and survived ultimately feel relieved that they did not end their life.”

(Return to the Zero Suicide webpage)