Learn how to communicate to someone who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. Use T-A-D to help someone in a mental health crisis. See below and always if someone is in crisis contact the nearest emergency service or use the TAD Crisis Link to connect now.
Crisis Help Link
Our link is a completely confidential way to support either yourself or someone that you’re concerned about. Giving you critical information in seconds allows you to make an educated decision about helping in a crisis. See example video below. Launching in 2021.
Communicate Using T-A-D
Talking about suicide, depression, or basically anything to do with mental health can be incredibly hard. Use T-A-D as a way to talk to a friend or loved one who is having thoughts of suicide or is struggling with their mental health as a way to start the process of getting professional resources.
Talk to the individual in a calm nonjudgmental manner and take notice of changes in their behaviors, mood, and what they say.
Ask questions and be direct. Questions that are okay to ask: “Do you ever feel so bad that you think about suicide?; Do you have a plan to kill yourself or take your life?; Have you thought about what method you would use?”
Decide, to give them the TAD Crisis link in case of another emergency. Don’t take on the burden of caring for them alone and seek further professional support.
Signs Something Might be Wrong
While mental illness can manifest in a variety of ways, there are common items that signal to you that something may be going on. Below are some characteristics to watch for.
- Withdrawing from social activities or appearing down for more than 2 weeks. This could mean crying regularly, feeling tired all the time or not wanting to hang out anymore.
- Self-harming actions such as cutting or burning. Some people may begin to wear long sleeves or pants to cover up signs that they are doing this.
- Threatening to kill his- or herself or making plans to do so. Although you may not know whether your friend is serious or not, it’s better to be safe and take things seriously.
- Extreme out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors. Behaviors that can endanger his- or her own life as well as others, such as speeding excessively and not obeying traffic laws, might be a sign that something is wrong.
- Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, including intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends.
- Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight. Pay attention if your friend isn’t eating much at lunch or going to the bathroom right after meals.
- Severe mood swings. Life is stressful, but if there seem to be outbursts that go beyond how other people would often act, it might mean something more serious.
- Repeated use of drugs or alcohol. Coming to class hungover, showing up to sporting events intoxicated or wanting to bring drugs or alcohol into daily activities is not normal.
- Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits. Your friend might be sleeping much more or much less or get agitated more frequently.
- Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still.
Learn About the Crisis Resources Available 24/7
It can be any mix of overwhelming, confusing, or frustrating when you want to help your loved one. What you’re feeling is okay, and there are ways you can help. With a social network and treatment, things can start to brighten up. However, if you or someone you know needs helps now, you should immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911.
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With 1 in 5 Americans experiencing mental illness and our country in a suicide crisis, improving access to care is essential. We’re raising money to help launch our online assessment, a vital tool to help families and those in crisis find help in a cloudy time. To donate and learn more, click below.