From time to time, everyone experiences crisis and turmoil. As a service to the membership of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, we present the following online personal crisis resources:
Resources to Help Yourself
- Call: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
This links to centers around the U.S. Volunteers are trained to help. Really. NOTE: You can also call if you’re worried about someone else.
- Chat: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Same group, different approach. There may be a wait.
- Text: Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
Free, 24/7 text chat when you need it.
- Get Help: Substance Abuse and Suicide
Alcohol and drug abuse are among the leading risk factors for suicide. People with substance use disorders may experience hopelessness and suicidal thoughts, but treatment for addiction has helped people find purpose and happiness in life.
- Specific Resources for Different Groups
If you’re a veteran, a disaster survivor, a kid or someone who has suffered a loss, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has specific help for you and other communities who may need special resources.
Resources to Help Someone Else
Lots of resources here to educate yourself about how to help.
Oh, and did you know that Facebook is using AI to identify self-harming behavior automatically? Here are the details about how it works.
- Instagram: “To report threats of suicide or self-harm on Instagram: Tap ‘…’ below the post, Tap Report Inappropriate, Select This Photo Puts People At Risk > Self-Harm.”
- YouTube: “To report threats of suicide or self-harm, click “More.” Highlight and click “Report” in the drop-down menu. Click “Harmful dangerous acts,” then “Suicide or self-injury.” YouTube will review the video and may send a message to the uploader with the Lifeline number.”
A Handful of Apps
The 2016 study liked the resources in apps that focused on safety plans. You download the app when you know you’re struggling, and it helps you assess and organize your coping strategies. The kicker, though, is that you have to be in a place where you’re willing to take steps.
- MoodTools Apps
MoodTools has a number of apps that focus on helping people lift themselves out of a downward spiral: Suicide Safety Plan, Depression Test and Mood Diary . The researchers called out MoodTools as a resource with the most features.
This app is a community for young people who need help. The challenge is that kids have to be over 16 to use it.
Pacifica helps you manage stress, anxiety and depression with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, mindfulness, meditation, relaxation and mood tracking.