Say Something

Say Something Week began on October 24, but it’s an awareness event we should all keep in mind every day of the year.  Did you know that when it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other person BEFORE the incident takes place? Say Something teaches students, grades 6-12, how to look for warning signs, signals and threats - especially in social media - from a peer who might be planning to hurt themselves or someone else and to say something to a trusted adult to get help and save a life.
Advocates for Victims of Abuse have teamed up with Say Something to provide free bracelets to raise awareness and educate others about the importance of speaking up.  If you, or your business, would like bracelets, please contact us.  Say Something reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and save lives when they Say Something.
These issues are not limited to youths.  Many adults find themselves feeling hopeless, depressed, struggling to cope with a myriad of issues.  Speak up when you or someone you know is talking about suicide, suicidal ideation, violence, or going through a difficult time.   SAMHSA estimates more than 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health disorder.  People who die by suicide are frequently experiencing undiagnosed, undertreated, or untreated depression.  Help is available and you are not alone.
 Don't let your silence be a source of regret for the rest of your life.  Please talk to someone if you or someone you know feels helpless or hopeless.  It's not always easy to talk to a friend or family member when we're struggling. It doesn't mean there is not help out there and people who do want to help.  Please do not make a decision with a permanent result based on a temporary issue.  Talk to someone. Get help and remember, you are not alone.

Please keep this list of hotline numbers and share with your loved ones:
Hotline Numbers
Adolescent Suicide Hotline
Adolescent Crisis Intervention & Counseling Nineline 
Child Abuse Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse 
1-800-4-A-CHILD (800 422 4453)
Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline
Eating Disorders Center 
Family Violence Prevention Center 
Gay & Lesbian National Hotline 
1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
Gay & Lesbian Trevor HelpLine Suicide Prevention
Healing Woman Foundation (Abuse) 
Help Finding a Therapist 
1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
Incest Awareness Foundation 
1-888 -547-3222
Learning Disabilities - (National Center For) 
Missing & Exploited Children Hotline 
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 
1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
Panic Disorder Information Hotline
800- 64-PANIC
Post Abortion Trauma 
Project Inform HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline
Rape (People Against Rape) 
Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN) 
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
Runaway Hotline
Self-Injury (Information only) 
(NOT a crisis line. Info and referrals only) 
1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
Sexual Assault Hotline 
Sexual Abuse - Stop It Now! 
STD Hotline 
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
Suicide & Crisis Hotline 
Suicide Prevention - The Trevor HelpLine
(Specializing in gay and lesbian youth suicide prevention). 
IMAlive-online crisis chat
Teen Helpline 
Victim Center 
1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Phone: 800-273-8255
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Phone Number: 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone Number: 800-826-3632
Boys Town National Hotline – Crisis hotline that helps parents and children cope with stress and anxiety
Phone Number: 800-448-3000
Phone Number: 800-442-HOPE (4673)
Mental Health America – For a referral to specific mental health service or support program in your community
Phone Number: 800-969-NMHA (6642)
National Alliance on Mental Illness – Provides support, information, and referrals
Phone Number: 800-950-NAMI (6264)
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Phone Number: 847-831-3438
National Center for Victims of Crime – Multi-language service available
Phone Number: 800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone Number: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline – Support services, help, and guidance to people struggling with eating disorders, their loved ones, and families
Phone Number: 800-931-2237
National Runaway Switchboard
Phone Number: 800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Phone Number: 800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Phone Number: 800-273-TALK (8255)
Postpartum Support International
Phone Number: 800-994-4PPD (4773)
PPD Moms
Phone Number: 800-PPD-MOMS (800-773-6667)
S.A.F.E. Alternatives
Phone Number: 800-DONTCUT (800-366-8288)
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This column is not a substitute for medical advice.