HELP IS OUT THERE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER IN SILENCE.
If you or a loved one are in crisis, get help now:
For information about PTSD and how to get treatment visit The National Center for PTSD
Additional resources for veterans and their loved ones
A national 24/7-peer support network for veteran and military communities 100% staffed by trained veterans and members of the military community, their families or caregivers.
Call 1-855-838-8255 (24/7)
Veterans and their families in the Hudson Valley can contact
How to check in with a family member or friend who may be in crisis
Follow these 5 evidence-based steps:
Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way.
2- BE THERE
This could mean being physically present for someone, speaking with them on the phone when you can, or any other way that shows support for the person at risk.
3- KEEP THEM SAFE
If suicide is indeed being talked about, it’s important to find out if there is a plan, the timing of the plan, and what sort of access they have to their planned method. This step is about putting time and distance between the person and their chosen method.
4- HELP THEM CONNECT
Helping someone with thoughts of suicide connect with ongoing supports (like the Lifeline, 800-273-8255) can help them establish a safety net for those moments they find themselves in a crisis.
5- FOLLOW UP
After your initial contact with a person experiencing thoughts of suicide, and after you’ve connected them with the immediate support systems they need, make sure to follow-up with them to see how they’re doing. Leave a message, send a text, or give them a call.
For more information on each of the 5 steps, visit How The 5 Steps Can Help Someone Who is Suicidal – #BeThe1To
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