Published: September 7, 2021
Learn how to take quick action if someone is struggling with suicidal thoughts
The number of suicides in the U.S. is growing and quickly becoming a public health crisis. Be aware and vigilant about the mental health and well-being of friends and family members around us.
During National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, WHA’s mental health partner, Magellan Healthcare, provides help to members. If you hear any talk of suicide, take it seriously. If someone you know threatens suicide, follow these steps and get help right away:
- Call 911 or contact a suicide hotline: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) or Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741741)
- Stay with the person until the crisis has passed. If you can’t, ask someone you trust to stay with the person
- Talk about the situation as openly as possible, and tell the person you don’t want them to hurt themselves or die
- Don’t challenge the person by saying things like, “You’re not the type to attempt suicide.”
- Don’t argue with the person by saying things like, “It’s not as bad as you think.”
- Encourage the person to seek help from an expert.
Be there, listen and know how to get help.
- Use Magellan’s 24-hour crisis line for anyone needing help and access to confidential counseling. Call this toll-free number: 1.800.327.7451 (TTY 711). WHA members who call the hotline will speak directly to a masters-level, certified licensed mental health clinician. The crisis line is offered at no charge to assist individuals trying to cope with feelings of fear, sadness, anger and hopelessness.
- For more information and to find mental health providers, visit mywha.org/bh.
- For WHA’s Quick Reference flyer on our mental health services with contact information.
- For resources specific to 2021 Suicide Prevention Month, see Magellan’s events and resource web page.