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How to help prevent a suicide

I remember waking up a few years ago feeling like I was curled up at the bottom of a deep dark hole where I could barely breathe, wondering what happened. Wondering how I got there. And not really caring if I ever saw light again. I felt like the only way to stop hurting was to sleep so deeply that I wouldn’t wake up. ⁣⁣
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I finally found the strength to get help. It was a long tough climb for me out of that dark hole. Therapy saved my life and gave me critical tools to keep going.⁣⁣⁣
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I believe we must talk openly about mental health and suicide so that those who are struggling know it’s okay to get the help they need.⁣⁣⁣
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You can help. too. In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and my partner, Mental Health America want you to #BeThe1Toknow the 5 steps to help someone in suicidal crisis:⁣⁣⁣
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ASK
When somebody you know is in emotional pain, ask them the tough question directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”⁣⁣⁣
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KEEP THEM SAFE⁣⁣⁣
Is your friend thinking about suicide? Ask if they’ve thought about how they would do it and separate them from anything they could use to hurt themselves.⁣⁣⁣
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BE THERE⁣⁣⁣
Listen to your friend’s reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain. Listen with compassion and empathy, without dismissing or judging.⁣⁣⁣
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HELP THEM CONNECT
Help your friend find a support system, whether it’s 800-273-TALK, family, friends, clergy, coaches, co-workers or therapists, so they have a network to reach out to for help.⁣⁣⁣
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FOLLOW UP
Check in on a regular basis. Making contact during the days and weeks after a crisis can make a difference in keeping them alive.⁣⁣⁣
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WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Go to #BeThe1To for lots of valuable information. ⁣You might help save a life.⁣ ❤️

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