In recognition of World Suicide Prevention day, today we have some information on how to help those we care about. The National Institute for Mental Health suggests these five ways of helping someone experiencing emotional pain. Ask how they are feeling; if they are considering suicide or self-harm. Keep them safe as is appropriate for your relationship and ability. Often this looks like the next three actions: be there for them, help them connect with professional support, and stay connected with your loved one.
The Diana Baldwin Mental Health Clinic (https://fight.org/programs/diana-baldwin-clinic/) at Philadelphia Fight! is one example of a professional resource for someone in need.
Non-crisis support like the Mental Health Partnership’s Peer Chat Line (https://www.mentalhealthpartnerships.org/program-objects/hmp-peerchatline) is confidential and a way to receive support and resources related to your mental health.