One of the hardest things to do is to take the brave step of talking to someone when you know you are in crisis. You might wonder what you would say, how you would explain, or if you could even find the right words to help someone understand how you are feeling.
It is easy to fall into a pattern of isolation, and even if you want to talk to someone, talking to someone you know might raise even more anxiety and fear. However, if you are feeling like don’t know how you can go on, sharing what you are going through with someone is an important and defining moment in your journey, in your recovery.
There is now a faster, easier way for you to reach someone if find yourself needing to talk. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a new, three-digit number, “988.” The purpose of the “988” number is to help anyone experiencing or involved with someone experiencing suicidal thoughts or a mental health emergency with a quick, easy number to remember similar to “911.”
When you find you want to talk to someone, don’t fear how you will start the conversation. If you call the “988” number, you will find someone on the other end that will not judge your words or your feelings.
They will want to listen.
They will want to help you.
They will want you to see, that while having thoughts of suicide is common for many young people when facing feelings of depression and hopelessness, those thoughts don’t have to be acted upon.
Reaching out can be tremendously hard, but remember that you are worth it and your life is worth it, and inside you, there is strength enough to face everything you feel.
Day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute...hold on. We're with you.
L. B. anne