What are your opinions of things like fridge magnets with a crisis number on them?

My Wife and I have been discussing things to help people that are suicidal and both are of the opinion that things like fridge magnets with a crisis number on them are not very effective. What are your opinions of them? Are they helpful?

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To put it simply-yes, I think fridge magnets with crisis number can be helpful…

I personally have two magnets with crisis numbers on them hanging on my fridge… They help me when I’m freaking out or when I’m suicidal… I’ll admit, not all the time, but certainly enough to make them worthwhile!!! When I start freaking out, I tend to pace around the apartment… When I do, I sometimes see those magnets and think “Ok, there is someone out there I can talk to… All I have to do is dial my phone, and they will answer…” Of course, calling them isn’t always easy, nor something I do all the time, but it is nice knowing that they are there…

It’s kind of like the whole Post-it Note theory-hang Post-its where you see them most often and put reminders on them about what you need to do when in crisis, or even just something you want to remind yourself of daily… A lot of therapists and Pdocs and others recommend doing this…

I would actually recommend the Post-its for those who tend to lay in bed when they are suicidal or freaking out or whatever… This way, they can see that reminder when and where they need it…

Now, this isn’t the only thing you should look for when in a crisis… There are other things to do, too… Like program the numbers into your phone, or have a list somewhere… And websites can be a help, too… You just have to find what works for you…

God bless!!!

One thought on “What are your opinions of things like fridge magnets with a crisis number on them?

  1. I think fridge magnets with crisis numbers can also be helpful for family. If you are starting to feel suicidal and there is family around they can be useful numbers for the family to call and get some advice about what to do for their loved one. The same goes for programming the number into the phone.

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