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Everyday Survival Guide

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This guide can help you survive the big feelings so they don’t turn into suicidal thoughts.

It can be hard to name big feelings.

Learning more about what you’re feeling, how to recognize your own warning signs when you feel them, and how to manage them when they appear can help so that these feelings don’t turn into suicidal thoughts.

Understanding the warning signs that come with big feelings can help you recognize when you or someone you know may need help. Big feelings look different, and feel different to everyone.

Here are some warning signs to keep in mind:


  • Worry a lot
  • Restless
  • Tired
  • Hard time focusing
  • Angry
  • Annoyed


  • Mood swings
  • Tense muscles
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Panic attacks
  • Avoid people
  • Irrational fears


Whether you need immediate assistance, or resources for a loved one, the Maine Crisis Hotline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is free, confidential and can help you connect with a trained professional in your area.

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FEELING OVERWHELMED?

Sometimes it feels like too much. Like a feeling so big it could kill you. Elephant-sized feelings don’t have to turn into suicidal thoughts.

When feelings start to weigh you down, or feel like they could crush you, take action and ask for help. You can survive the big feelings and enjoy the little things again. Shrink that elephant.

Know the warning signs. Ask for help. Make a plan. Let us listen.
Call the Maine Crisis Hotline today.

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FEELING DEPRESSED?

Sometimes it feels like too much. Life gets heavy. Depression can weigh you down and make it hard for you to move forward or do the things you normally enjoy. Big feelings don’t have to turn into suicidal thoughts.

Know your warning signs. If you feel stuck, reach out and ask for help. We’re here to listen and remind you that sometimes even a small push can shift a huge weight. Together, we can find that lever and begin to move that boulder.

Know the warning signs. Ask for help. Make a plan. Let us listen.
Call the Maine Crisis Hotline today.

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FEELING ANXIOUS?

Sometimes it feels like too much. A voice so loud and thoughts so constant that it shakes you to your core. The taunting voice in your head doesn’t have to turn into suicidal thoughts.

Know your warning signs. When the thoughts get so steady that you start to believe them or the rumbling becomes so loud that you feel you can’t escape, take action and ask for help. If you hold on, the storm will break so that you don’t have to. Silence that thunder.

Know the warning signs. Ask for help. Make a plan. Let us listen.
Call the Maine Crisis Hotline today.

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Feeling Angry?

Sometimes it feels like too much. An anger so fierce and pain so strong that it could rip you apart. A flash of rage doesn’t have to turn into suicidal thoughts.

Know your warning signs. When the feelings get so big that you’re seeing red and unusual thoughts start to dig their claws in, take action and ask for help. It can charge at you fast, showing its teeth as it roars, but this is a battle worth fighting. Tame that tiger.

Know the warning signs. Ask for help. Make a plan. Let us listen.
Call the Maine Crisis Hotline today.

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FEELING HOPELESS?

Sometimes it feels like too much. A sadness so big and thoughts so deep that it could swallow you whole. The enormous ache doesn’t have to turn into suicidal thoughts.

Know your warning signs. When you feel like you’re caught in the grip of grief and that your emotions might pull you under water, take action and ask for help. You’re strong enough to ask for help, fight these feelings, and end up on top. Wrestle that crocodile.

Know the warning signs. Ask for help. Make a plan. Let us listen.
Call the Maine Crisis Hotline today.

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FEELING PANICKED?

Sometimes it feels like too much. Despair so big and emotions so brutal that it could gut you with its horns. The intense pain doesn’t have to turn into suicidal thoughts.

Know your warning signs. When the anxiety becomes so massive that you feel stuck and feel like your panic might trample you into the ground, take action and ask for help. You can hold on tight, grip your way through this, and let the feelings run their course. Ride that bull.

Know the warning signs. Ask for help. Make a plan. Let us listen.
Call the Maine Crisis Hotline today.

Find Support

Learning more about what you’re feeling, how to recognize your own warning signs when you feel them, and how to manage them when they appear can help so that these feelings don’t turn into suicidal thoughts.

Whether you need immediate assistance, or resources for a loved one, the Maine Crisis Hotline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is free, confidential and can help you connect with a trained professional in your area.

We’re here to help.

Let us listen.

Friends & Family

If you’re worried that someone you love may be experiencing big feelings and are unsure of how to help, the Maine Crisis Hotline is here to listen and help you find support. Our goal is to reduce the rate of death by suicide in Maine and provide resources so that anyone who is experiencing big feelings knows that they are not alone.

We understand that it can be hard to know how to best support your loved one when you’re worried about them, so we have people standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide free, confidential help to connect you to a trained professional in your area.
We’re here to help. Let us listen.

Call the Maine Crisis Hotline today.