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4 Alternatives to the ER If You Feel Unsafe With Suicidal Thoughts

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“Can you keep yourself safe today?” What happens when the answer to that question is no? When someone with suicidal thoughts says, “Actually, I’m not sure I can keep myself safe.” Or, “I actually don’t feel safe right now.” What do you do then — whether you’re the person feeling unsafe or someone else is telling you they don’t feel safe?

Do you call 911? Go to the hospital? I’m betting that’s what most people would say. And that is absolutely necessary in some cases, I don’t want to dismiss that.

I’ve had to go the ER, and there were times that was the best call. But there have been plenty of times I’ve not wanted to go, and have been able to work with my therapist or providers on alternative options.

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