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Building a Stronger, More Supportive Michigan

Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention

Empowering Michiganders with Hope, Help, and Resources. Together, We Prevent Suicide.

Feeling Down? 
You're Not Alone.

Life can be tough, and sometimes we all struggle. That's okay. But you don't have to face it alone.

If you're in crisis, call or text 988 to connect with a trained professional right away. There is power in reaching out for help.

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When people face serious problems or emotional pain, they sometimes turn to thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking of talking about suicide, take it seriously. Read on to find out how you can help yourself or a friend.

  • Talking about suicide or making a plan.

  • Obsessing about death.

  • Writing poems, essays, or drawings that refer to death.

  • Sleeping or eating too much or too little.

  • Giving away treasured belongings.

  • Withdrawing from friends and activities.

  • Losing interest in personal appearance.

  • Showing extreme changes in behavior or personality.

  • Taking unnecessary risk.

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  • Suicide is never the answer to a problem. It's hard to see alternatives when you are in crisis, but they do exist.

  • Most people who consider suicide do not want to die - they want their pain to go away. Pain can be helped in other ways.

  • Life's painful times do not last forever, even if it feels like they will.

  • Having suicidal thoughts is nothing to be ashamed of. It is something to get help for.

YOU can help

If you think a friend is suicidal, take it seriously.


Here are ways you can help:

  • Let them know you care.

  • Listen to your friends feelings.

  • Listen non-judgmentally. Don't act shocked.

  • Ask,"Are you thinking about killing yourself?  Do you have a plan?"

  • Encourage your friend to seek help. Say things like,"I know where we can get some help. Let's call the 988 crisis line right now."

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