Life might feel like its an unrelenting crisis or emergency at times.
If you have a diagnosis of BPD and are feeling suicidal, self-injurious, or self-destructive, the good news is that there are people who are willing to help right now. Whatever you are doing right now, stop and commit to keeping yourself safe and alive for the next hour. I’m serious. Set the timer on your phone for 60 minutes. Promise yourself that you won’t make any problems worse during that time. The truth is that even intense emotions and urges can change within an hour or two. You don’t have to add to your pain or trauma. You don’t have to hurt others.
Letting people know that you need help is always a smart decision. Keep telling others until they listen.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
These are peer-run organizations and may not be available 24/7.
Crisis Text Line
If you can’t talk, text.
Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 (Press 1) or text 838255
Sexual assault hotline
7 Cups of Tea
Online chat and support
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Crisis Text Line
Again, if you can’t talk, text.
If you are looking for a dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) therapist, please check out this list of qualified mental health professionals through Behavioral Tech’s web site.
Need a book to read right now? Get a digital copy of How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention, Reasons to Stay Alive, or I can recommend Stronger Than BPD: The Girl’s Guide to Taking Control of Intense Emotions, Drama, and Chaos Using DBT.
Know of an organization that should be added to this list? Let me know by dropping an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.