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Magic Valley Suicide Awareness and Prevention is devoted to helping people find hope. To help them find their light at the end of the tunnel. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with suicidal thoughts remember that you don't have to fight the battle alone.

Scroll down to find printable materials, reference websites, and contact information for emergencies.

Getting help for a
loved one

Depression can come in short bursts or long stretches. It can also show itself through a wide variety of symptoms, so how do you know if your loved one's depression may be developing into suicidal risk? The Suicide Prevention Hotline recommends watching for common warnings that may signal your loved one is considering suicide. If these behaviors are new, are increasing, or are related to a recent traumatic event it is especially important to seek professional help immediately.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

  • Extreme mood swings

These warning signs cannot predict suicidal behavior, however if your loved one is experiencing one or more of these behaviors it's important to get help immediately. You can start by calling the free 24 hour helpline: 1-800-273-8255

Getting help for you

There is no such thing as "snapping out of" depression. Take strength in knowing that looking for help is a great first step in recovering, and there are people who will support you on your journey.

  1. ​Reach out and stay connected. You are needed. You will be missed. Reach out to family and friends and tell them what you have been dealing with. Give them a chance to rally around you. You may feel too exhausted/ashamed/guilty to talk, but remember those feeling are coming directly from your depression. Reaching out is not a sign of weakness. Your loved ones want to help. If you don't have anyone to turn to, it is never too late to build new relationships. Service is also a great way to connect to the people around you.

  2. Support your health, and do things you enjoy. Depression can strip the joy from things that typically delight. Don't give up on those activities. Avoid any addictions you may have, and choose healthy activities to fill your time. Take an honest look at your sleep schedule and diet- making a positive change physically can give your mental and emotional strength a big boost. Finally, practice relaxation techniques to sooth the stress in your life.

  3. Get exercise and sunlight. Exercise releases important endorphins that can be crucial for mental and emotional strength. You don't have to go for a 30 minute run every day. Instead shoot for a walk at lunchtime, join a work exercise group, or volunteer to walk the dog every day. As you exercise your energy levels will also improve. As you exercise, choose areas with sunlight as much as possible. Sunshine can boost serotonin levels and improve your mood. 

  4. Don't be afraid to reach out for professional help. Tell your doctor how you've been feeling and that you need help recovering. If you aren't ready to visit a doctor you can start by calling the free 24 hour helpline: 1-800-273-8255

Helpful Toolkits
and web pages

There are so many organizations out there ready to help out in anyway they can. The following are some helpful links and pamphlets to get you started.

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