First things first: I aim to be prepared for any reader who comes to this site in crisis or concerned about a loved one in a mental health crisis, and looking for help. I will have information on suicide and suicide prevention up front. I will talk and write about suicide. I must, you must. People who are suicidal suffer tremendously: pain and despair blanket the waking hours. If family and friends are involved, they too undergo pain and despair. We must act. Lives are at stake.

If you need help for yourself or someone you love,
call 988 the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
or online at:  suicide prevention lifeline

If you or someone you love has faced sexual assault, now or in the past,
call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), the National Sexual Assault Hotline
or online at: RAINN, (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)

For help related to the prevention of and recovery from child victimization,
contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children