by Jateria Jackson
Hey, Cobras. Helping those among us who feel so depressed that they’re suicidal is not just an option – it’s our moral obligation. You help because you care, and because you’re saying to a friend: “You’re going to get through this.” People need sweetness and kindness, and sometimes professional help.
Depressed students have many issues and disturbing thoughts. Those thoughts flow when someone speaks badly to them. They may be feeling deeply ashamed of who they are. They may be going through family problems. When things get overwhelming, we need people who can help us put things in the past and see the future. Cobras, we need to work together to make sure everyone feels welcome at Boyd Anderson. For any of us having such a rough time that we’re having suicidal thoughts, help is out there. You are not alone. Seek our your guidance counselors and school social workers. They’ll help you find services you need. Please speak out, get help, be heard. If the school resources aren’t an option, you can turn elsewhere by phone.
For mental health emergencies, here are some trusted services. Professionals trained to get you through a crisis are a phone call away:
The Lifeline – The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Broward 211: Dial 211 for a mental health crisis and other urgent problems.
National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-442-4673
Girls & Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000