First of all, we want to tell you, you are valuable, you are strong and we want you to know that you are not alone. As people have dealt with suicide awareness week in different ways, we need to keep in mind that everyone has their own battles. The best we can do to help is to provide resources, sitting back and actually listening, and be there in any way we can. Suicide is a very delicate topic and not everyone knows how to talk about it or even help someone in need. With so much misinformation out there, here at Clapper, we know we are not professionals or experts, and recognizing this is a very important step.
If you are not qualified to help someone with mental health issues, direct them to someone who can. Find resources for them. Find people who are qualified to help and talk to them. This is as important as talking about it and making content to spread awareness.
Here are a few resources we have gather for whoever needs it:
National Suicide Prevention LifelineHours: Available 24 hours
1-800-273-TALK (8255) (Veterans, press 1)
Crisis Text Line: Text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7
Text TALK to 741-741
Veterans Crisis Line
Send a text to 838255
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse)
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
The Trevor Project
All this information was gathered from The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
And now, we are highlighting a few of our creators on Clapper who have spoken out about suicide awareness, or are themselves, suicide survivors.
Read our Deep Dive Series article, where we highlight @Red8Actual and his advocacy for veteran issues and suicide prevention amongst people who have served.