Mental illness is a battle for those suffering, but it is also a challenge for friends and loved ones struggling to understand with compassion and patience. We're here to offer education, information and resources when you find yourself lost in the fight of a frustrating encounter with a mental health crisis.
Your friend or family member is worth it! Never give up trying, never give up loving, and never ever give up!
You are not alone! Over a million Americans attempt suicide each year. That means a million families and friends are experiencing the same thing you are. Knowing you are not alone is a pathway to hope.
These resources provide directions for the arduous journey.
Dr. Kita Curry and attempt survivors Kelechi Ubozoh, Kelly Davis, Misha Kessler and Leah Harris discuss the importance of empathy and understanding versus judging and shaming when talking to people about suicide.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shares advice for family members on dealing with loved ones who are struggling with suicidal ideation.
Dr. Knightsmith shares how to make a safety plan with a family member and why having a plan is paramount in keeping a family member or friend safe in a mental health crisis.