What to Do if You Are Feeling Suicidal: Seeking Immediate Help

At Heroes Compass, our mission is to support our heroes – military veterans, police officers, firefighters, and first responders – in navigating the challenges they face every day. We understand that sometimes these challenges can feel overwhelming, and it’s crucial to know that you are not alone. If you are feeling suicidal, seeking immediate help is the most important step you can take. This blog post is dedicated to guiding you through the steps you can take to find the support you need.

Recognize the Signs

Understanding and recognizing the signs of suicidal thoughts is crucial. These can include:

- Feelings of hopelessness or being trapped

- Intense emotional pain or distress

- Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities

- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself

- Increased use of alcohol or drugs

- Sudden mood swings or personality changes

If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs, it's important to seek help immediately.

Immediate Steps to Take

1. Reach Out to Someone You Trust:

   - Talk to a family member, friend, or colleague. Sharing your feelings can provide immediate relief and help you gain a different perspective.

2. Contact a Mental Health Professional:

   - If you have a therapist, psychiatrist, or counselor, reach out to them as soon as possible. They are trained to help you navigate these feelings.

3. Call a Crisis Hotline:

   - National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

   - Crisis Text Line: Text "HELLO" to 741741

   - Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255

4. Visit an Emergency Room or Call 911:

   - If you are in immediate danger, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911. The professionals there are equipped to provide the necessary care and support.

Ongoing Support and Resources

After addressing the immediate crisis, it’s important to seek ongoing support to prevent future crises and manage your mental health effectively.

1. Therapy and Counseling:

   - Regular sessions with a mental health professional can help you develop coping strategies and address underlying issues.

2. Support Groups:

   - Joining a support group can provide a sense of community and shared experience. Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offer various support groups.

3. Engage in Self-Care:

   - Regular exercise, a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, and mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga can improve your overall mental health.

4. Stay Connected:

   - Maintain regular contact with friends and family. Social support is a key factor in mental well-being.

Heroes Compass: Here to Support You

At Heroes Compass, we offer various resources and programs designed to support the mental health and well-being of our heroes. From counseling services to community events, our aim is to provide a supportive network for those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.


Your life is incredibly valuable, and there is help available. Reaching out for support is a sign of strength, not weakness. If you are feeling suicidal, please take the steps to seek immediate help. You are not alone, and there are people who care deeply about your well-being.

For more resources and information, visit Heroes Compass Resources or contact us directly at contact@heroescompass.com.

Stay safe, stay connected, and remember that help is always available.