If you've found my blog because you are feeling suicidal and looking for help, I'm glad you're here and there IS help available.
- National suicide prevention lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255. If you are a veteran, press 1 to be directed to the Veteran's suicide prevention hotline.
- If you prefer a live chat online, visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ On the right side there is a button that says "Veteran's chat live with a counselor".
If you are in immediate need for help, call 911. Or, you can walk into your local Emergency Room or VA Emergency Room.
I was just looking at my stats as to who views my blog, how they found it and so forth. I was very concerned when I saw this phrase as one that was googled and then brought to my blog. "I am having suicidal thoughts after being wounded in Iraq." If you are reading this, and having thoughts of harming yourself or others, please do not be afraid to ask for help. There is help available, and you are worth it. Life can get better if you will take the first step to ask for help.
I have had to call 911 numerous times for my husband and it has always been a life saver for us. I know many are afraid to call 911 but that's what it is there for. Not calling could end much worse if you need help. You also always have the option of walking into your local ER or VA ER for immediate help.
There are also several other organizations out there to help. Help in finding a therapist and/or psychiatrist can be found by visiting www.nami.org . For more resources, visit www.bringchange2mind.org, and then submit a request for help. You will receive a personal response within 48 hours full of resources specific for your need. The Karla Smith Foundation is an organization that also helps families and friends left behind after a death by suicide and can be found at www.karlasmithfoundation.org They can also give you and your family and friends support for many mental illnesses, as well as suicide.
Please, if you are feeling like hurting yourself, reach out for the help that is available to you. You are not alone. There are many people, especially veteran's out there feeling similar. You are all important! Please just take that step to make the call or reach out to someone, or some of these organizations. You can get better!