I need immediate support.
Project LETS believes that peer support is the foundation of mental health care. We have multiple routes/ways you can access our services:
[Virtual Options] You can:
- Send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org describing your needs, and how a Peer Mental Health Advocate (PMHA) could best support you. We reply to all peer counseling inquires within 3 days.
- Access our Peer Crisis Line (the bright orange box below) and send us a message. If our PMHAs are not immediately available, your message will be sent to our team, and we will reply within 24 hours. If you need an urgent reply, type "URGENT" in the subject line, and a PMHA will reply to you within 1 hour.
- Search through our PMHAs bios/photos, and select one you'd like to work with! If making a match on your own is too difficult, don't worry, we can always make one for you.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
- Crisis Text Line
- GLBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs: 212-714-1141(English and Spanish)
- GLBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743
- DeHQ: LGBTQ Helpline for South Asians: 908-367-3374
Options during a psychiatric crisis:
- Emergency room
- Mental health clinic/community center
- Peer respite centers
Other crisis resources:
I (or someone I know) attempted suicide.
After an attempt, one of the most powerful things to know is that you are not alone. You may have never felt this way before— but you are not the only one who has felt the way you do now. Knowing how others have made it through may help you learn new ways to heal.
- Create a personal safety plan
- 7 Things Attempt Survivors Wish Their Families and Friends Knew
- Suicide Survivors: Hope Lives Here: Recovering from a suicide attempt is not easy, it takes time to heal both physically and emotionally. This site is here to help you begin to answer some of the questions about how to start down the path to recovery.
Now What Do We Do?: The Emotional Impact of Suicide Attempts on Families: The trauma that follows a suicide attempt affects everybody. This guide helps family members understand how to best support their loved one.
What Happens Now: A Blog By Attempt Survivors: This blog was created by the American Association of Suicidology to share that suicide can happen to anyone and that it’s possible to recover, or learn to manage, and move on.
- Therapist and Support Group Finders
- Safety Plan
- Videos: Stories of Hope and Recovery
- Live Through This: This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors.
- Can You Hear Me Now? New Voices of Attempt Survivors: This groundbreaking panel was presented at the 47th annual conference of the American Association of Suicidology in Los Angeles, CA on 4/11/14.
The Way Forward: The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Attempt Survivor Task Force published groundbreaking recommendations that gives voice to suicide attempt survivors and bridges the gap between suicide attempt survivors, clinicians, hospital policy makers, and suicide prevention leaders.
Video: #WayForward: What Attempt Survivors Are Saying About: This video is a compilation of attempt survivors who are explaining what they need from the suicide prevention community in order to lead the way forward.
Video: Why Supporting Attempt Survivors is Critical to Suicide Prevention: In this video, Lifeline Director Dr. John Draper explains why including attempt survivors is important to ending suicide.
Lifeline Service and Outreach Strategies Suggested by Suicide Attempt Survivors: This white paper summarizes key findings to allow clinicians to provide better outreach and services to suicide attempt survivors to meet their recovery needs and help prevent future suicide attempts.
A Guide for Taking Care of Yourself After Your Treatment in the Emergency Department: This brochure gives support to attempt survivors and discusses how to move ahead after emergency department treatment for an attempt.
A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department: This brochure describes the emergency department treatment process and aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative’s suicide attempt.
I need help supporting a friend.
The important part of helping your friend is to understand that you are there to offer support but it is up to your friend to decide how they are going to get it. If your friend does not want help, then be patient. Perhaps remind them of their options now and then, but try not to pressure them. If you are worried about their safety or that they are going to hurt themselves somehow, then you need to let someone else know.
- A Primer: Supporting Others with a Mental Health Concern