Hello everyone, today I thought it would be a good idea to discuss how to help/find help for people in various different crisis situations, as well as where you yourself can find help if you need it. I'm going to be going into a couple different situations and discussing things you can do to help. For some of this I'll be talking from own personal experience, and it's important to be aware that different situations call for different things and not everyone is going to go through things the same way.
First things first is to identify whether what is happening is an anxiety attack or a panic attack. Anxiety attacks come from a trigger or situation whereas panic attacks can occur without something setting them off. In my personal experience a big thing is to not crowd or get super close to the person. Generally this just adds more stress and I've been around some people where they'll snap at you if you get close because they're so stressed out and anxious. Just being there to help calm them, whether by talking to them or just being with them, I've found is the most beneficial but of course trying to communicate with the person what does and doesn't help or make them comfortable is important. Also always make sure to contact someone close to them (family, partner, etc.) so they're aware the event happened and can help the person determine if further treatment is needed if not already looked into.
This is much more complicated, particularly if you've never experienced feeling suicidal or been around anyone who has been suicidal. First and foremost make sure if it feels as though this person is high risk to attempt immediately take them to a hospital. When talking with someone, always approach in a non-judgemental way and prepare to listen more than talk. It's important they feel heard and know you are truly listening to them. If the person shares they want to harm themselves or if they have developed a plan immediately seek emergency help.
If You Need Help
You are never alone, even if right now you feel as though you are. Those around you love you and care about you and only want the best for you. Please, reach out for help from a trusted person in your life (family, partner, professional, etc.) and if you would like to talk to someone else please consider contacting one of the following.
Suicide Prevention Line-1-800-273-8255
Trevor Project for LGBTQ+ Youth- 1-866-488-7386
Crisis Text Line- Text 'HOME' to 741-741
Depending on your location you may have different numbers or resources, so be sure to search for crisis hotlines online if you're outside of the United States to be connected with your local emergency resources. I can't speak for the phone services but I have used Crisis Text Line twice and it's helped me in my own crisis situations, and I highly recommend it as if you're high risk you'll be connected incredibly quickly as you're pushed to the top of the list. Crisis Text Line is also a good resource for help with other issues such as anxiety, eating disorders, sexual assault, and more and allows for you to discuss issues in a private setting at any time of day.
I truly hope this was able to help someone and that you're all taking care of yourself to the best of your ability..
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Please keep in mind tho we can not advise you on crisis situations and we suggest you reach out to a professional.