If you are in crisis, there are resources you can turn to.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free, confidential crisis counseling 24/7/365 — and you don’t have to be in crisis to call. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
If you don’t want to talk on the phone, you can also text. Crisis Text Line offers free 24/7 mental health support. Text “10-18” or “SCRUBS” to 741741 for help.
Safe Call Now is a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, all emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide. Call 1-206-459-3020 or 1-877-230-6060.
You may be hesitant to dial 911 if you or someone you know is in crisis. Because of your job, you may feel that you don’t want someone from your agency or workplace to respond to a call that involves you. Please don’t let this concern prevent you from seeking assistance. Use the resources, make the call or text for help. You have options, and you are not alone.
Know The Warning Signs
If you are experiencing any of these signs, please don’t wait to find support:
- Withdrawal, or self-isolation from friends, family and colleagues
- Marked changes in mood, increased sadness
- Increased or excessive substance use
- Aggressive, impulsive or reckless behavior
- Comments or thoughts about suicide
- Feelings of being out of control
- Difficulty with concentration and usual activities
- Issues with sleep
There are many potential risk factors for a mental health crisis or suicide, such as cumulative trauma or being injured on the job. There are also protective factors, such as social support from those who understand, access to confidential services and physical wellness. Reach out for support, check on your peers, check in with friends and family.