What if I need help?
Suicide is often driven by temporary emotions; most people decide not to take their own life because they realize that their crisis is temporary, but that death is permanent. On the other hand, many people in the middle of a severe crisis perceive their situation as inescapable; they feel completely hopeless and that nothing is within their control.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, don’t wait to get help.
If you need someone to talk to, call our crisis helpline at 988. If you are in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
How to Help
If someone you know is threatening suicide, you may feel helpless, but you aren’t. Here are important things to keep in mind when communicating with someone experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings:
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Don’t dare him or her to do it.
- Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
- Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
- Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
When You Should Call
If you or someone you know is considering suicide and/or exhibiting any of the following warning signs, the Arkansas Crisis Center is here for you to provide emotional support and resources in your area. If someone is in immediate danger or you are unable to connect, please dial 9-1-1.
These are some of the thoughts and feelings they may be experiencing:
- Can’t stop the pain
- Can’t think clearly
- Can’t make decisions
- Can’t see any way out
- Can’t sleep, eat or work
- Can’t get out of depression
- Can’t make the sadness go away
- Can’t see a future without pain
- Can’t see themselves as worthwhile
- Can’t get someone’s attention
- Can’t seem to get control