New 3-Digit Number for Suicide Crisis Help
NEWS: WASHINGTON, December 12, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today started the process of designating 988 as a new, nationwide, 3-digit number for a suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. This designation will help ease access to crisis services, reduce the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health conditions, and ultimately save lives. Please continue to share 800-273- 8255 988 is NOT YET ACTIVE and will not connect callers to the Lifeline.
Suicide Prevention FAQ’s
Answer: It is the act of causing one’s own death, intentionally, not by accident.
Answer: Anyone, period. Suicide does not discriminate.
Answer: Asking someone directly about suicidal intent lowers anxiety, opens communication and the risk of an impulsive act.
Answer: Most suicidal people communicate their intent sometime during the week preceding their attempt.
Answer: Suicide is the most preventable kind of death, and almost any positive action can save a life.
Answer: Often suicidal people will give warning signs, consciously or unconsciously, indicating they need help and often in the hope someone will help. It is common.
Answer: There are numerous telephonic support avenues such as 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 1-800-Suicide (784-2433) and Vets for Warriors 1-855-838-8255. In addition, there may be in person resources at schools, colleges, and hospitals. Many employers offer EAP programs of support.
Answer: Not all young people are outwardly obvious in concerning behaviors. People are risk are scholars, athletes, and popular students. None-the-less, here are the most common risk factors:
- Noticeable changes in behavior that is out of character.
- Talking about feeling worthless or hopeless.
- Changes in behaviors, including lack of concentration
- Decreasing grades and increasing absence
- Isolating from peers and or school.
- LGTBQ youth
- Substance abuse
- Bullying in school or on social media outlets
Answer: Most young people do not tell an adult.
Answer: Certain exposures to suicide behaviors may result in an increase in suicidal thoughts or attempts/behaviors.