Suicide prevention is more than possible at just about any stage of a crisis, so it’s important to know the following:
“Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”
You don’t have to feel this way. There is help. You can cope with suicidal feelings and thoughts. They are not your fault and they do not have to continue. Don’t give in. Don’t lose hope. There is help. Call (800) 442-HOPE.
I promise myself:
When I feel suicidal, I will…
- Call my friends/family.
- Call my doctor(s)/therapist(s).
- Call a member from my support group.
- Remember that when I feel suicidal, my brain is lying to me and making things seem worse than they are.
- Remember to take any prescribed medication and stick with my treatment plan.
- Have someone take away my car keys and anything I could use to hurt myself.
- Stay away from alcohol and illegal drugs.
- Go to a hospital if necessary.
- Remember that my life is valuable and worthwhile, even if it doesn’t feel that way now.
The C-SSRS is a questionnaire used for suicide assessment developed by Kelly Posner, PhD, David Brent, MD, Chris Lucas, MD, Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, Barbara Stanley, PhD, Greg brown, PhD, Prudence Fisher, PhD, Jaime Zelazny, NR, MPH, Ainsley Burke, PhD, Maria Oquendo, MD, and J. John Mann, MD.