I think one of the toughest things I had to adjust to when being trained as a volunteer Suicide & Crisis Counselor was asking TOUGH (& TOUCHY) questions.
I felt it was intrusive & quite frankly impolite to be that detailed in my line of questioning when someone reached out for help. Everyone who is sad, depressed, in crisis or even self harm (cutting), ARE NOT suicidal.
I thought asking if they were suicidal or had a plan would be offensive or “put the thought in their mind”. I learned very quickly that there are stages of progression and IF a person has a plan, access to fulfill the plan or has attempted before; asking the tough questions can make ALL the difference.
Will you #BeThe1To?
If you or a loved one are suicidal or in crisis, PLEASE know that you matter and are not alone! If you need someone to talk to, don’t be afraid to reach out to the resources below!
The National Suicide Hotline
800-273-TALK (Veterans Press 1)
The Trevor Project (LGBT Community) 866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline (Transgendered Community) 877-565-8860
Crisis Text: Text HOTLINE to 741741
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