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If you are feeling suicidal, it's important that you keep yourself safe. It is possible to get through these times. Here are some suggestions to help.
Life can be rough sometimes, and most people, at one time or another, feel really awful. Learn about why this happens and and what you can do about it.
Depression is more severe and longer-lasting than normal sadness. Learn about the causes and symptoms of depression.
Deliberate self harm, self-injury or cutting is when you deliberately inflict physical harm on yourself, usually in secret. Learn about why it happens and how to stop.
Common thinking errors (cognitive errors or cognitive distortions) are easy to make. Learn about ten common thinking errors and ways to stop them.
Self-talk are those thoughts or things you say to yourself. Self-talk is often negative and skews how we see ourselves. Learn how to identify and manage your self-talk.
Developing coping strategies or tools to cope, is a powerful way to deal with life's inevitable challenges. Learn some new ways to cope.
Everyone goes through tough times. Learn the benefits of talking to someone about how you're feeling.
If your friend tells you he or she is feeling suicidal, take it seriously. Learn about the steps you can take to help.
People who are suicidal can give some sign that they are thinking about suicide. Learn about these signs and how you can help prevent a suicide.