If you need help, now is a good time to talk confidentially with someone who can help, about the things that may be causing problems or overwhelming you.
Introducing the MY3 official App, a free app from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Their website is here: https://my3app.org
ABOUT: With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide. Features:
WHERE TO GET THE APP: (MY3 is available free of charge at these websites)
WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY: There is hope and a life to look forward to, even in your darkest moments. MY3 can help you get through your most difficult times. You might also help someone else get through their difficult time. Download MY3 to make sure that your 3 are there to help you when you need them most.
THE 5 STEPS: The basics about your new connections and interactions are below, Ask, Keep Them Safe, Be There, Help Them Stay Connect, and Follow-up...
"Be The 1 To" is our U.S. National movement for youth to join, connect with others, hear stories, attend events, and help others in distress.
It is good when we have an opportunity to get our troubles off of our mind. Asking and talking about a problem does not increase the risk of someone committing suicide but rather, asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” This may decrease the risk and communicates that you’re open to speaking about suicide in a non-judgmental and supportive way.
It is OK to talk about and know the answers to important questions that can tell us a lot about the imminence and severity of danger you are in:
Being there for someone with thoughts of suicide is life-saving. This includes letting others be there for you as well. You should create a safety plan that includes a list of individuals to contact when a crisis occurs.
Staying connected is the key to safety. Increasing your connectedness to others and limiting isolation (both in the short and long-term) is a protective factor against suicide, and is a buffer against hopelessness and psychological pain.
It is good to regularly follow-up with professionals if you still need help. Also, if you are in a support group, the follow-up step is a great time to check in with them to see if there is more you can help them or if there are things you’ve said you would do and haven’t yet had the chance to get done for or with person.