Individuals with Neurodivergence
How To Take Care Of Yourself
Make a safety plan. Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe. Having a template on hand with an established plan may be helpful, or you can get help and guidance athttps://www.mysafetyplan.org/.
How To Help
Ask and listen: Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment. For those with autism, being direct and concise in asking questions can be particularly important. Avoid using metaphors when possible.
Get them help and take care of yourself: Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline is always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support friends and loved ones.