Help Center

Are you in need of assistance?

You’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find a wealth of information, resources, and a link to financial assistance application for bereaved families.

 

Remember, Six Feet Over cannot help in an emergency. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you have options. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “HELLO” to 741741, or call 911 or visit your nearest Emergency Room.

Worried about a friend or loved one?

Be aware of the most common warning signs and risk factors for suicidality – it might save a life. (If you know someone is in active crisis, please skip to the next section.)

Warning Signs

Talking About

  • being a burden on others
  • feeling trapped
  • experiencing unbearable pain
  • having no reasons to live
  • killing themselves, or veiled ideas of wanting to (such as “ending it all”)

Actions

  • increased drug or alcohol use
  • looking for ways to kill themselves, such as searching Google for methods or means
  • stockpiling lethal means, such as firearms or prescription medications
  • acting recklessly or with noticeable disregard for their wellbeing
  • withdrawing from activities they once enjoyed
  • self-isolating from family and friends
  • visiting or calling to say goodbye
  • giving away prized possessions

Moods

  • depression or sadness
  • misplaced, unexpected aggression
  • rage or irritability
  • shame or humiliations
  • anxiety

Risk Factors

Health Factors

  • mental health conditions, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, psychoses, conduct disorders, etc.
  • substance use disorders
  • serious, chronic health conditions

Environmental Factors

  • stressful life events, such as a divorce, break-up, job loss, or death of a loved one
  • prolonged stress factors, such as bullying, harassment, relationship problems, and unemployment
  • access to lethal mean, including firearms or drugs
  • exposure to another person’s suicide
  • exposure to graphic, sensationalized accounts of suicide

Historical Factors

  • previous suicide attempts
  • family history of suicide death or attempts

Related Issues

Follow the links here for research, insights, and resources on health and environment issues that can exacerbate suicidality.

Would you like this information in a convenient, downloadable, printable PDF file?
Download here:  Warning Signs Handout

Is someone you know in crisis?

You have options.

How to Help

ASK

clearly and directly if the person is thinking about suicide, and truly listen to their answer before you worry about how you will respond.

SUPPORT

the person if they decide to tell you their story. Hear and acknowledge the pain they feel.

EXPRESS

acceptance, concern, and empathy. Encourage the person to talk with you. Even though you may not fully understand, sometimes all they need is an ear to listen.

ASSESS

their intent. Ask if the person has a plan, access to lethal means (firearms and ammunition, medication, etc.), or has decided when to act on a plan.

CONNECT

to qualified professionals. Offer to start a call or text for the individual, and reassure them that there are interested, caring individuals available to talk 24/7.

RESCUE

If they are in immediate risk of serious harm or death, and they will not call crisis services themselves, call 911 or take them to the nearest Emergency Room. (This should be used as a last resort only. Active Rescues often are more damaging than helpful for the individual involved. Use with caution.)

What To Do

Call

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (All individuals. Available 24/7.)
Call 1-800-273-8255.

The Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans only. Available 24/7.)
Call 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1).

The Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ youth. Available 24/7.)
Call 1-866-488-7386.

The Trans Lifeline (Gender non-conforming/questioning individuals. Available 24/7.)
Call 1-877-565-8860.

Text

Crisis Text Line (All individuals. Available 24/7.)
Text “HELLO” to 741741.

The Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans only. Available 24/7.)
Text to 838255.

The Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ youth. Available M-F, 3PM-10PM EST.)
Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.

Online Chat

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (All individuals. Available 24/7.)
Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline webpage.

The Veterans Crisis Line (Veterans only. Available 24/7.)
Visit the Veterans Crisis Line webpage.

The Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ youth. Available M-F, 3PM-10PM EST.)
Visit the Trevor Project’s webpage.

Would you like this information in a convenient, downloadable, printable PDF file?
Download here:  Crisis Handout

Have you recently lost someone to suicide?

Experiencing the loss of a loved one to suicide can be a profoundly isolating and challenging life experience. We would like to help, if possible.

Apply For Assistance

Do you need assistance paying for costs associated with the loss of your loved one? We cover costs associated with:

  • funerals and memorial services
  • remembrance items
  • cleaning services
  • various other services

Use the survey linked here to apply for financial aid. Following a review of your application by our staff, we will follow up as urgently as possible to learn more about your needs and discuss your options.

Find Support

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Support Portal
Visit the AFSP Support webpage.

Alliance of Hope Online Support Community
Visit the Alliance of Hope webpage.

The American Association of Suicidology’s Directory
Visit the AAS Support Group Directory webpage.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Directory
Visit the AFSP Survivors Group Directory webpage.

Would you like this information in a convenient, downloadable, printable PDF file?
Download here:  Bereaved Handout

Are you looking for long term care, for yourself or others?

Traditional or alternative? Talk or medication? Online or in person? Individual or group? Clinician or peer?

The good news is, you have many options – the bad news is, they can be difficult to navigate.

Find Local Help

Sometimes support groups and therapy are incredibly helpful. Follow these links to helpful directories of groups and providers in your proximity.

 

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, you have options. Please text "SIS" to 741741 to speak with a trained counselor; call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline; call 911; or visit your nearest Emergency Room. 

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