I’ve been scouring the internet for some useful resources to post, hopefully from more credible sources than me, and I think I’ve gathered up quite the collection of articles and helpful information!
Resources to fight for yourself
- The Suicide Watch subreddit keeps a great list of hotlines around the world and also has a great FAQ about what to expect when calling one.
- Some information on antidepressants from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Resources to help support someone else
- Reddit.com/SWResources: ‘Concerned but don’t know what to say? Here are some simple, proven strategies for talking to people at risk’. This is a great amalgamation of information by the SuicideWatch subreddit!
- Reddit.com/SWResources: ‘Worried about someone who may be suicidal? Here’s some info about how to assess risk’ is some quick information to help figure out whether you should talk to someone or seek emergency help from the SuicideWatch subreddit.
- ’10 Things Not to Say to a Suicidal Person’ from SpeakingofSuicide.com, this is very similar to the above, but more focused on possible missteps.
- Here’s some information on active listening from the Samaritans; active listening is the best way to let someone know that you’re really listening.
- Even more information on active listening from PsychCentral.
Other blogs and blog posts
- ‘What Not to Say When I’m Struggling With My Mental Health’ from Lisa’s Reality.
- ‘7 Things I Wish People Hadn’t Said After My Psychiatric Hospitalization’ from Lets Queer Things Up is a very well written and insightful post by Sam Dylan Finch on their blog.
- ‘We Are Not Your Stereotype’ from A Beautiful Chaos explores the various stereotypes of some mental illnesses as described by sufferers.
Do you have any more resources to add? Send me a message! Hope this list helps!