Those who are battling addiction and the increased risk or concern of suicide have a lot on their plates. For loved ones and family members, it can be difficult to stand by and watch. Fortunately, if you are willing to step up, you can find plenty of resources that could offer assistance and support to you along with solutions and resources for your family member.
Top 5 Resources
Families want to pool their resources and come together to support each other. Of course, several different factors cause these issues in the first place and some of them might be family-related. Still, regardless of the unique challenges or circumstances, you’ll want to have some resources that will come in handy in case you ever need them. Here are five that should be at the top of your list.
- SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (TTY: 800-487-4889): This number will connect you to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association and their trained crisis counselors, as well as a wealth of other resources.
- Guide to Helping a Loved One: A guide to recognizing addiction, suicide risk, and how to help your family member.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: In addition to phone support and a website full of resources, you’ll also find a live chat tool that you can offer as a safety plan for your family member.
- 741741: Commit this number to memory. Save it on your phone. Share it with everyone you know. Anyone can text this number and talk to a live crisis support counselor immediately, via text, for issues including suicide, depression, and addiction, among others.
- Treatment Centers: It may be in your best interest to search for addiction treatment centers that also help with mental health issues like depression and increased suicide risk. These facilities are becoming more readily available and can provide a range of support options for people.
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You don’t have to be armed with everything that your loved one needs, but it helps to have an idea of what’s out there. You can even use these resources as a conversation starter to help you discuss other treatment options or how you can help them deal with the struggles that they are facing. Just make sure that they know that you’re concerned and that you support them fully, but you’re aware of the situation. Sometimes, even that is enough to change people’s minds about considering suicide or self-harm. When it’s not, these resources and others can help.