"If you or someone you know are struggling with mental health, please know you are not alone. If a friend voices struggles to you, remember:
Tell your friend you hear them, but also want to help and need to tell an adult
Ask if they want to go with you to talk to an adult - if they don't want to, that is ok too!
Find a trusted adult and explain the situation
Let the adult handle it from there
Support the friend as needed but also report any continued concern back to the trusted adult
Remember!!! You are not responsible for your friend’s actions or thoughts
Some resources on mental health support are:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
A free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be routed to the nearest crisis center to you.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including a nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
Samaritans centers provide volunteer-staffed hotlines and professional and volunteer-run public education programs, “suicide survivor” support groups and many other crisis response, outreach and advocacy activities.
A two-year project that collected blog posts and stories for and by attempt survivors, set up by the American Association of Suicidology. While the active collection has stopped, the archive is a good place to explore, to hear open, honest voices exploring life after a suicide attempt.
An anonymous online resource where you can learn about suicide prevention and campus-specific resources.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
A national nonprofit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people impacted by suicide.
Mental Health First Aid USA
A public education program that helps the public identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
A national nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education.
Live Through This
An organization documenting the stories and portraits of suicide attempt survivors to encourage more open dialogue around suicide and depression.
BIrmingham Crisis Center
205) 323-7777 main line
(205) 328-5465, youth line
Suicide Awareness & Prevention for Healthcare Students
Other resources and community partnerships:
Cerebral Palsy Guide