Suicide Prevention and Support for Adults & Children in Fort Worth


Before we knew we would marry each other, my husband and I lived out our vow. To have and to hold . . . for better, for worse . . . ’til death do us part. I knew he had been hiding something from me. We had only been dating for 11 months, yet I could sense that something was off.

Depression and anxiety can lead to suicidal thoughts.

But growing up in a culture that did not see therapeutic resources beneficial, I was not prepared for how to recognize and support the warning signs of suicide

I remember getting ready for a job interview after he left for work. I grabbed an old phone he kept accessible to use for music and games. It opened up to a ton of text messages I was not supposed to see. I confronted him via text message and left for my interview in tears. The texts opened up hidden reckless behavior, triggered feelings of being trapped, hopelessness, and emotional pain — all symptoms to suicidal crisis.

One thing I did not know was that depression is a mental health concern he had struggled with for years. When we finally saw each other in person later that day, he said his therapist had recommended he go to Mesa Springs for an evaluation. He had called her after creating and beginning to act on a plan for his suicide.

After contemplating if he would go or not, we went together. I was allowed to sit in the room with him as long as he wanted. He was given a psychiatric evaluation. It was requested that he stay.

The hospital had daily visiting hours for approved friends and family. He stayed for two weeks, and on the last day, his family and I were invited to have lunch with him. We participated in group activities and a family counseling session. We were given tools and resources on ways to support him when he returned home. 

After much discussion, my husband and I decided to share our story. We thought it was important to share the resources that helped.

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Warning Signs

According to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, here are signs to watch for to identify when someone is in crisis and should seek help. The person:

  1. Talks about death or want to kill themselves. Also seeks to follow through with a plan.
  2. Believes there is no reason to live.
  3. Has feelings of unmanageable pain or being a burden.
  4. Exhibits an increased use of drugs or alcohol. 
  5. Shows extreme behavior changes.
  6. Demonstrates reckless behavior.

Resources Around Fort Worth for Children

Resources Around Fort Worth for Adults

There are tons of local resources for help with suicidal thoughts.Crisis Hotlines 

  • Mental Healthline :: 1-888-522-6384 :: This line is designed to help you find treatment options that work with your insurance and best fit your needs. 
  • The Jason Foundation: 1-800-273-8255 or text ‘JASON’ to 741741 for 24/7 confidential care and support from professional crisis counselors for children and teens. 
  • A Friend Asks APP: A free app partnered with the JASON Foundation to provide proper tools and resources for individuals looking out for their friends. 
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing 988 will be the three-digit number to call for confidential crisis support. You can also call 1-800-273-8255. 

While emergency services are represented above, remember that it is always safe to call 911 in an emergency, especially if you don’t feel that you can reach those service in time. 



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