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5 Free Resources To Help You Help Someone In Crisis

August 27, 2018

Remember that scene from the movie Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise is begging Cuba Gooding, Jr. to “help me help you?”  It’s a classic scene and you can feel Jerry’s desperation palpably, which is probably what makes it so memorable.  It’s also memorable because on some level, it’s feeling we can relate to, especially when […]

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Remember that scene from the movie Jerry Maguire where Tom Cruise is begging Cuba Gooding, Jr. to “help me help you?”  It’s a classic scene and you can feel Jerry’s desperation palpably, which is probably what makes it so memorable.  It’s also memorable because on some level, it’s feeling we can relate to, especially when someone we love needs help but we aren’t sure how to help them.  Today, I’m sharing 5 articles that can help you help someone in crisis.
Specifically, a mental health crisis, such as someone you know expressing suicidal thoughts, intention to harm themself or someone else, or severe depression, anxiety, or a problem with addiction.  
I know these aren’t fun things to talk about, but it is so, so important that we do.  It’s important that we know how to respond when someone we love vulnerably shares their most difficult struggle with us.  It’s important that we know what to look for and how to bring it up if we suspect a severe mental health problem in a friend or family member.  It’s important because it could save their life.
Before I share the articles with you, I do want to note that although there is much we can do to help a loved one in a mental health crisis, it is not our job to rescue or save them…in fact, that is not even a possibility.  Every human being has their own mind and will – you can do and say all the right things, and they may still be deep in their struggle.  As difficult as it is, I encourage you to set an emotional boundary for yourself whereby you are willing to show up and be a support to a person in need, but you are not willing to take responsibility for their mental health and choices.  The truth is that even as a therapist, I can’t save my clients from a mental health crisis.  I can, however, provide support and encouragement, as well as offer resources that will hopefully get them to a better place.  
And so can you.

With open ears, eyes, and hearts, we can all do our part to help the hurting people around us.  It is so very crucial that we do.  If you’re uncertain whether or not someone is in crisis, ask them.  You aren’t responsible if they lie or evade you, but it costs you nothing to simply ask.  And it could end up being priceless to them in the long run.
If you or a loved one is struggling through a mental health crisis, please call: 1-800-273-8255.
Much love to you all today, my friends!

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