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How To Ask For Help: When you experience suicidal thoughts

Feeling like something is brewing inside, waiting to erupt when you're alone, can be daunting. If you believe it is not safe to be alone, it's time to reach out and ask for help.

Here's how:

What Reaching Out Can Look Like:

1. Seeking Company: Sometimes, you don't need to voice your distress explicitly. Simply asking not to be alone can provide immense comfort.

2. Expressing Struggle: A simple "I'm struggling" can open doors for support. Just having someone there, even if silently, can ease the burden.

3. Casual Connections: Going for a walk or watching TV with a friend over the phone can provide a sense of connection and relief.

Just Get It Out:

Venting or verbalizing your feelings can be incredibly cathartic. Don't hesitate to express what you're going through—it's okay to let it out.

When You're Afraid to Ask for Help:

1. Remember You're Loved: Even if it feels like nobody cares, there are people who do. You are not alone in this.

2. It's Okay to Be "Selfish": If you feel guilty about seeking help, remember—it's not selfish to prioritize your well-being. Your needs matter.

3. Pave the Way: Opening up about your struggles can encourage others to do the same. By seeking help, you're creating a culture of support and understanding.

4. People Want to Help: Give others the chance to support you. Most won't turn you away when you express your need for assistance.

5. Strength in Vulnerability: Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness—it's a display of strength. Recognize your courage in reaching out.

Make a New Plan:

Having a support system in place can empower you to seek help when darkness looms. Identify trusted individuals you can call or text during tough times, and have a plan in place for when you need it most.

Seeking Help for Suicidal Thoughts:

If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts and can't think of a friend or family member to reach out to, know that help is available. Text or call 988 for immediate support and assistance. Remember, reaching out is not a sign of weakness—it's a testament to your resilience and determination to overcome challenges. You are not alone, and there are people who care about your well-being. Don't hesitate to seek support when you need it most.

Watch this video of four individuals who have all experienced suicidal thoughts and hear how they reached out for help:

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