As many of you may know, there has been an irregularly high amount of suicides in the past six months or so. Life can be hard to deal with but you just need to push through and keep positive. There are many options to help if you ever need it. There are specialists trained in these types of situations. You may think that it would be the best idea to just try and do things yourself but honestly, it is better if you open up to someone. Whether that someone is a friend, your parents, your significant other or just a counselor or your favorite teacher. There are people willing to help you, you just need to reach out to people.

If you know someone that is suicidal, then talk to them. If you know something that possibly their parents don’t, then sometimes you just need to tell their parents. You want to do what is best for them, sometimes that means doing something that they would get mad at you for it. Doing whatever it takes to make them safe is the best thing to do.

Many people don’t know how to handle others with these types of problems or ways of thinking. Just talking to the person and keeping them distracted from what is hurting them is the best bet. By keeping them distracted, it will have them think of how much fun they actually can have and how good life can be when you are not surrounded by negativity.

Some teachers want to be trained on how to deal with students that are suicidal. Since they do not have the specific training, they do not know what to do in these certain types of situations.

If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use or emotional help for yourself or someone you know—start here. We provide confidential and immediate support, 24/7/365. If you are in crisis or need help dealing with one, call this toll-free number 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to speak to a trained professional. Colorado Crisis Service is a great first step into helping someone or yourself.

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