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- Take a few deep breaths
- Make a coping card
- Contact a professional crisis lifeline OR call 911
- Have a trusted friend take you to the nearest emergency room
- Know that your life is valuable, and your death would be a tragedy
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- There are thousands of people working to protect your life. We are here for you.
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Coping cards have been shown to be effective tools for helping other individuals who are feeling emotionally overwhelmed take action to overcome their distress in a crisis situation. If you think that now or sometime in the future you would benefit from having such a tool, please follow the steps below. Additionally, please consider contacting a trusted friend, relative, mental health professional, or a professional crisis lifeline to talk about what you have been experiencing. Many people will experience difficult circumstances throughout their lives, and sometimes just talking to someone who cares can help.
1. Find a small piece of paper, index card, or even open up a notepad application in your cell phone.
2. At the top of the paper, write “Crisis response plan: When I’m upset and thinking about suicide I will take the following steps”
- Step 1: Do something you enjoy, that usually makes you feel good for at least 30 minutes. (Some people say reading a book, listening to music, calling a friend, or watching TV helps them to feel better).
- Step 2: If you do not feel better, try step 1 one more time.
- Step 3: If you continue to feel overwhelmed or think about suicide, find your thoughts becoming more specific, and you feel unsafe being alone, call someone who can provide assistance (maybe a friend, neighbor, or relative who lives close, maybe a professional crisis lifeline.
- Step 4: If you continue to feel suicidal and unsafe at home, call a friend, relative, taxi, or 911 to get to the nearest emergency room.
Disclaimer: Please be advised. Our online crisis pages are meant to be a free service to connect those in crisis with organizations who can provide 24/7 crisis help. Additionally, these pages are not intended to replace professional help, but rather provide tips as to where anyone should start in seeking crisis help. We are not equipped to provide live crisis help. If you contact us for crisis help, it may be days before anyone responds. External pages do no imply endorsement.