5 Suicide Prevention Resources To Share Today In The Wake Of The 2016 Election
No matter where you stand in terms of your political views, this election has been a stressful one. For many people, especially women, abuse survivors, and minorities, this election cycle has brought up a lot of perspectives, policies, and ideas that can feel oppressive, restrictive, and downright frightening. Today of all days, it's important to share suicide prevention resources and remind one another that there is hope. Even if the world feels inescapably dark right now, there is a future moving forward and things will get better. No matter how things look right now, there is always a reason to hold on and weather out the storm.
Of course, having a good support system is integral to survival for anyone, especially so if you are feeling isolated or ostracized. Unfortunately, many people who are struggling do not feel that they have the support of their families, colleagues, or community, leading people to feel particularly alone. That's where suicide prevention hotlines and resources can make a world of difference. Sometimes all you need is a safe space to talk things out and know that the person on the other end is here to be open-minded and supportive. That's where the following five resources can make a world of difference to someone in need.
TWLOAH is a non-profit organization that aims to help people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction, self-harm, and suicide. Along with hosting their own events, they are a great resource for national and local suicide prevention hotlines.
The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on suicide prevention for the LGBTQ community. If you are considering suicide, you can call The Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. You can also use TrevorChat for realtime live chat, seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST. You can also use TrevorText by texting 202-304-1200 on Thursday and Friday between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST.
Trans Lifeline is the first and only suicide prevention hotline specifically serving the transgender community. What's particularly important about Translife Line is that their entire staff, from their founders to their call respondents, all identify as transgender. Given that the transgender population is at a disproportionately high risk of suicide, this support system is extremely important. You can reach the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.
The Veterans Crisis hotline is a free, conditional service that exists to provide support for veterans and their family members during crisis. You can call them at 1-800-273-8255. You can also go online and access the Veterans Chat 24/7, even if you're not registered with the VA or using VA health care.
The Crisis Text Line is a really cool, texting-based crisis support service. If you can't talk on the phone, it can feel like you have few options to get help. Luckily, the Crisis Text Line allows you to "talk" in live time to a supportive person just through text messages. Simply text 741741 and you are matched with a trained Crisis Counselor to chat with, available 24/7.