Crucial times
to check in

Any significant change or disruption in a person’s life are strong indicators that someone may be in danger of suicide or self-harm. Here are some examples to look out for. 

Critical times to Check in:

Relationship issues

Whether experiencing divorce, or relationship challenges can spark feelings of loneliness, inadequacy, and self-doubt. People experiencing these difficulties often need reminders that people still love and support them. Reaching out could save their life.

Death of someone they care about

Loneliness, guilt, and sadness are often felt after losing a loved one. If anyone you know has recently lost someone, let them know that you’re available and willing to talk. Reaching out could save their life.

Financial Stress

Losing or changing jobs could mean financial changes for an individual or their family. Pressures to succeed and provide may lead to discouragement or frustration. Check up on people who recently lost or changed jobs. Reaching out could save their life.

A Recent Move

Although a move could be a good experience for one person, it may spark feelings of worry, loneliness, or apprehension for another. If you know someone who experienced a recent move, it may be time to catch up with them. Reaching out could save their life.

Health Conditions

Medical conditions, ranging from chronic to temporary, can bring feelings of instability, confusion, and heartache. If you know someone dealing with a serious health condition, now is a great time to check in. Reaching out could save their life. (they might feel like a burden).

Significant Life Changes

It could be a changing family dynamic, faith change, retirement, or more. Lifestyle changes can bring mixed emotions that feel overwhelming. Someone experiencing a significant life change may need your support. Reaching out could save their life.

Behavioral Health Condition

If someone you know has recently been diagnosed with a behavioral health condition (such as depression, bi-polar, anxiety, etc.) they might be dealing with a lot of uncertainty and could use support from you. Reaching out could save their life.

Real Talk Takes Practice

Taking time for one-on-one connection can be life-saving. Directly asking about someone’s mental health might take practice, but it may not be as difficult as you expect.
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