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Trigger Warning: Discussion of suicide, suicidal ideation, and mental health. 
Advertencia de activación: discusión sobre suicidio, ideación suicida y salud mental.

Suicide Prevention Awareness

En Español
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline explains that, “All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness.” Here at INF2F, we recognize that Indiana families are struggling with a lack of mental health, suicide prevention, and crisis supports, and we want to come alongside families who are struggling to find the services they need and help them know and understand that they are not alone.  

For National Suicide Prevention Month, one INF2F family decided to bravely share their story. They wrote: 
 
“Last year I got a call from the school counselor that stopped me in my tracks. He told me that my eleven-year-old daughter was having suicidal thoughts.  He told me that his professional opinion was that she was not in immediate danger of hurting herself. As soon as we hung up, I called her therapist to schedule an emergency session. She also assured me that she did not think my daughter was in immediate danger. Somehow, we made it through the rest of the school year despite instances of bullying. After school ended, I saw that she was lonely, but hoped she would perk up.   
 
A few weeks later, her female cycle was becoming so unpredictable that we had to seek a specialist. I was sent out of the room while the specialist talked to my daughter about sensitive topics. When I reentered the room, I was told that my daughter was having suicidal thoughts and we should go directly to the stress center. I assured my daughter that I would bring her Pooh Bear if she had to stay overnight.  
 
We waited at the stress center for a long time. Finally, we were directed to a private room for intake. We answered a lot of questions about school, her activity at home, medication, and everything else. The provider came back and told us that my daughter was not going to be hospitalized, but placed in a partial hospitalization program (PHP) starting the next day. We were told to remove any firearms from the home and lock up any knives and sharp objects.  
 
As I drove home, I felt numb. How was I going to keep my daughter safe when there are countless ways to injure a human? I wanted to cuddle with her the entire night, but she did not want any physical contact. I had to put emotions aside as I put the knives in a lockbox. My husband was in shock and did not understand anything. Somehow, we got through the night.   
 
The next day, we discussed how much insurance would pay each day. We found out that she could be in PHP for 2 weeks. During a time when gas was over $5.00 a gallon, I worried about the family budget. My daughter attended her first all-day session which included group family therapy. She came home that day and acted like a moody, distressed teenager. My sweet girl was gone and I wondered if she would ever come back.  
 
Somehow, we made it through to the step-down program IOP or intensive outpatient program. This program lasts for three hours three days a week. There are glimpses of her old self coming back. She says she is happy from time to time. She still has instances of occasional suicidal thoughts, but she is working on skills for how to cope with them and communicate her feelings. Her medication was recently adjusted and we are looking for a new therapist.   
 
She started Junior High this Fall. I am worried about how she will navigate love interests, dating, and pressures to drink and do drugs. I am hoping that it be a better school year.  
 
Mental health issues are so hard. There are no quick fixes. Medication and therapy take time to work. It seems like there are social pressures and bullies everywhere. I do not know where her mental health journey will take us but I am hoping that her programs has given her the coping skills that she needs.” 

If you or a loved one is having suicidal thoughts, call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. For TTY Users, use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988. For assistance in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454 (Línea de Prevención del Suicidio y Crisis).  

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For a more extensive list of statewide events, visit: https://www.indianadisabilityresourcefinder.org/.

Did You Know?

There are numerous mental health support organizations available. You can find a few options for resource and support organizations below. For more information on these organizations, click the graphics below. For help navigating support options, contact us at info@inf2f.org or 844-323-4636.
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