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Our phones are on most of us pretty much 24/7. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through some of our most frequented apps, there are certain tools that your phone could help you with when you are going through a tough time or experiencing dark or suicidal thoughts. While our phones should not be an alternative for professional, mental health treatment, some of these suggestions could help you in difficult moments. Here are a few examples:

1. Download apps specifically made for people struggling with their mental health.

  • Calm Harm App: can help calm you down especially if you struggle with panic attacks or self harm.
  • MoodTools App: an app to help improve your mood by analyzing your thoughts. Also helps map out a suicide safety plan.

2. Look at a photo or photo album that captures moments that made you feel happy or loved. This could include pets, family photos, vacations, friends, text message screenshots, memes, etc.)

3. Text or call someone you know or trust that will be there to support you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

4. Listen to music. Play a song or playlist on repeat that you know will brighten your mood or help you in the moment.

5. Have emergency numbers in your phone (and family/friends in your favorites):

  • Text “HOME” to 741741
  • Call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
  • Head here for a list of crisis numbers around the world.

Read the rest of the list here.

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If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, please reach out to someone who can help, and in an emergency, call 911, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255, or text the Crisis Text Line 741741.