How do I help a stranger online who is exhibiting signs of mental illness?

Thank you for the concern you’ve expressed about a post on social media. 

We’ve come a long way in de-stigmatizing mental illness, and often someone may feel safer about disclosing their feelings in an online setting. It's important to take comments about feeling suicidal or thinking about suicide seriously.You can take the initiative and show your concern – when someone is suffering, it can be difficult for them to remember that they matter or that people care.  You could be the important link that someone needs to get connected to treatment and support that they need.

If you have reason to believe that someone is in immediate physical danger, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or local emergency services right away for help. After you’ve called emergency services, if possible, connect with the person or call someone who can reassure the person that they are not alone, and you are there for them.

If the threat of physical danger isn’t immediate, use the resources below:

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