Suicide is a topic that many people feel unprepared to address. However, it can be empowering to learn warning signs of suicidal thinking and specific steps for supporting an individual in crisis. Explore the resources below to debunk some common suicide myths and get connected with resources.
Misconceptions regarding suicidal thoughts and behaviors abound. Unpack some of the most common myths below, or check out this extensive list.
“Talking about suicide will encourage it.”
If an individual is considering attempting suicide, your asking will not plant a seed in their mind. Rather, it will give them the opportunity to share what they are thinking, experience some emotional release, and perhaps consider alternative perspectives. Learn some ways to start the conversation and provide ongoing support.
“People who threaten suicide are just seeking attention.”
Anyone who would risk their life to get attention needs attention – specifically professional support. Suicidal thoughts are a symptom of numerous mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, and serve as an indicator that professional care is needed.
“Most suicides happen suddenly and without warning.”
Although the warning signs of suicidal thinking may be difficult to spot without experience or training, you can learn how to recognize them. There are behavioral, verbal, and emotional cues to look for. Don’t ignore your gut feeling if you are concerned about someone.
Signs of Suicide
Suicide attempts are often preceded by signs that the person is contemplating suicide. Educate yourself regarding warning signs and risk factors by clicking on the infographics below.
How can I help?
When you encounter someone whom you think might be experiencing suicidal thoughts, it can be difficult to know what to do. Learn how to have an initial conversation and provide ongoing support through the 5 Steps at BeThe1To.com.
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/Ayuda en Espanol
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. Services are available via telephone or online chat and in English or Spanish, as well as TTY for individuals who are hard of hearing.
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor. This service is available anywhere in the U.S. and will connect you with a live, trained counselor who can provide you with mental health support and crisis intervention.
Mental Health Resources
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Mental Health Care
GatorCare members have access to addiction, counseling, and psychiatry services through their behavioral health benefit. View our network directory to find a provider that works for you.
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GatorCare members ages 18+ may be eligible to receive free online counseling and psychiatry services through Talkspace, and members ages 13+ may be eligible for free counseling services. Communicate with a licensed mental health provider wherever you are, whenever is best for you.
Find a Support Group
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Gainesville chapter hosts support groups, presentations, and courses for individuals living with mental illness and their families.
View this concise guide on how to recognize the signs that someone is considering suicide and how to communicate with and assist them.
Find a support group, take a class on mental wellness, learn how to meditate, or take a workshop on emotional wellness.
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