If this is an emergency, please stop reading and call 911.                                        Ask them for the psychiatric team. 


Suicide is the leading cause of death for people with PTSD.  You are worth saving.  Don’t let your enemy win by ending your life yourself.

In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veteran’s crisis line 1-800-273-8255 press 1
RM4_7060Hotlines by State in the USA

If you don’t know what to do, you can call the Lifeline suicide hotline as a concerned friend (1-800-273-TALK (8255)), and they’ll help you understand what to do. Here are some ideas from the Lifeline website:

How to Be Helpful to Someone Who Is Threatening Suicide

Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
Be non-judgmental.
Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad.
Don’t lecture on the value of life.
Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
Don’t dare him or her to do it.
Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Thank you for helping when people are feeling suicidal. Thank you for your emotional fluency and your willingness to reach out when others are in need. You make a difference!

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Living in Australia this page shares links to hotlines and other emergency information  Immediate help in Australia call 000 Police, ambulance and fire.

 Stung by Suicide, Bill Whittle discusses suicide in the military with concrete suggestions (about 10 minutes):




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