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Is there such a thing as a peer suicide-prevention counseling handbook?

I'm part of a community with a scary high suicide rate, I talk openly about my own mental health struggles, and I make a point of checking in with friends if they seem to be doing poorly. That means that fairly often, people confess to me that they're thinking about hurting or killing themselves. I've been there myself and I can empathize, but I'd like to go beyond empathy and help my friends make sure they're safe. Is there something I can read about how to do that effectively?
posted by nebulawindphone on Dec 7, 2016 - 9 answers

How to prevent a hangover?

This Sunday, I'm going to get drunk. Probably really drunk. Is there anything I can do beforehand to prevent a hangover? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 15, 2016 - 54 answers

Low effort, quick things to provide an immediate mood boost

I recently entered therapy for depression, social anxiety and other issues. Part of my first session was writing up a suicide prevention/safety plan. I am supposed to have a list of things that are easy to do and take less than an hour that will help me feel better. I am struggling to come up with anything that seems like it would help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2016 - 46 answers

If it weren't screwed on... cell phone edition

How do I not lose my phone? I like to keep my phone out constantly so I can take pictures and the like but I run the risk of losing it. [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Aug 23, 2016 - 16 answers

Can I walk through a bedbug house?

How best to protect myself during a brief visit to a home with bedbugs? Or better not to go at all? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jul 18, 2016 - 9 answers

How Do I Keep My Wrists Happy?

I am embarking on a new career that is totally dependent on my wrists (and arms, shoulders, and fingers), and I'm interested in taking any steps I can reasonably take to maintain wrist health! Do you have any advice/experience in wrist issues? [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on May 31, 2016 - 13 answers

Stop a cycle that technically isn't a cycle yet?

How to foster a household that is devoid of physical violence, including threats of violence? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Fireproof my house

I'm terrified of my home burning down. What can I do to prevent or minimize this risk? [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Dec 15, 2015 - 23 answers

Smash and grab for nothing

How do I stop people from breaking my car windows? [more inside]
posted by aspenkf on Nov 12, 2015 - 39 answers

Doctor, please cut my toenails!

Looking for a podiatrist in the Washington, DC area (preferably Maryland and NW DC) who can give a male relative a pedicure in a medical setting and without embarrassment. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Preventing RSI

I am extremely prone to RSIs. Looking for resources (books, websites) on preventing injuries, as well as personal approaches taken by other RSI-prone people. Most of what I can find relates to ergonomics around computers; I am more interested in working out how to go about doing daily life things and staying fit/keeping the body in working order without injury. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Aug 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Interventions and helping my best friend

My best friend, who historically suffers from depression, is spiraling out of control. We live together. We just moved out to Portland together. I need advice on interventions - I think he needs to see a psychologist, (or a psychiatrist?) but I have no idea how to tell him that. [more inside]
posted by special agent conrad uno on Mar 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Avoiding postpartum mental illness?

What can I do to minimize my risk of postpartum mental illness? If I can't completely prevent it, I'd at least like to catch and treat it as early as possible. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 17, 2014 - 23 answers

Natural flea/tick prevention

Are there natural flea and tick preventatives that you have witnessed to be actually effective? Pregnant this year and hesitant to put the normal pesticide mix on my dogs and cats. Yes, I have googled around but I trust the people on metafilter more than random websites I find. Thanks!
posted by sickinthehead on May 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Gentle exercises & physiotherapy recs for a bad back, please!

I suffer from occasional back pain--by that I mean, about twice a year--and would like recommendations to help lessen it happening or if I need more professional help. A light dusting of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Preventing heartburn before a large meal

Asking for a friend: He's going out for a large meal that has given him heartburn in the past. He wants to have the meal anyway. In case it's important, it consists of a steak, potatoes and some vegetables. Is there anything he can do to stop heartburn before it comes? Non-medication options are appreciated (foods he can eat beforehand, anything behavioral, natural remedies, etc).
posted by jet_pack_in_a_can on Dec 13, 2013 - 14 answers

What's the best way to prevent sports injuries?

Changing play style, preventative exercises, diet, etc? [more inside]
posted by randomnity on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I nip a depressive episode in the bud?

The past few weeks I've been starting to feel the sorts of things that I associate with previous depressive episodes, and I am hoping that there might be some way I can stop it before it really becomes a problem again. [more inside]
posted by madelf on Jun 13, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me become an expert Physical Therapist of my own body.

I have been an athlete all my life, I have had several injuries and am going through 6 months of physical therapy right now which I really like. I am then moving to a part of China where PT is near non-existent. I'd like to continue a "pre-hab" routine, and I'd like to become good at knowing which exercises to do, what my body needs, what injuries I should be looking at preventing, and noticing at the first twinge of an injury and knowing how to remedy it. I want to become an expert at my body, and keeping it injury free so I can continue sports at a competitive level for many years (I'm 30 now). I'd like to become a PT for my own body. Which books are must-reads? youtube videos? I really like stuff like this NBA Fit Youtube Video
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 12, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I prevent shingles?

How do I prevent shingles? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Do bedbugs like cars?

I'm paranoid about bedbugs, probably from reading too much Ask.Mefi. Help fill in the gaps for my one weak spot in a vacation plan. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me help my hoarding neighbors

My awesome neighbors need help with a hoarding problem. One spouse has created a living situation that is dangerous to the other and I am in the best position of all their friends and family to help them but I don't know how to tackle this delicate situation. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Apr 25, 2012 - 22 answers

Ditching bedbugs?

I just had a run-in at work with two adult bed bugs. What do I need to do before I go home (heck, before I get in my car) to ensure they don't infest my stuff? [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Apr 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Wordpress Hack Prevention

I am running a Wordpress installation on my own domain. It was hacked. For an admin fee, my web host is restoring prior to the hack. What are my best practices going forward to prevent this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Mar 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Heading off the worst of a flu?

My young son probably has the flu, which could strike any day now. Dumb question, but is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Feb 19, 2012 - 10 answers

I accidentally ate mold..now what?

Is there something I can take to prevent poisoning, or should I just let my body do its thing? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Jan 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Dealing with myself when I become Ms. Grumpy

I am finding myself behaving too much like my bickering parents and I hate it. How do I catch myself before I become grumpy and bicker with my partner? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek on Dec 23, 2011 - 15 answers

Is there any prophylaxis or pre-treatment for herpes exposure

Friend was possibly exposed to genital herpes, wonders if there is prophylaxis treatment before any symptoms would appear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Laptop theft prevention

How secure is this Spyder laptop lockdown device? [more inside]
posted by etc. on Dec 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Glad you failed?

Are their any numbers on individuals who have failed to commit suicide, and are subsequently grateful that they did not succeed? I've always heard that suicidal ideation is often a temporary thing, and was curious if there were any numbers behind it. (note: not having any myself, just curious)
posted by leotrotsky on Dec 8, 2011 - 23 answers

Ethics of treating the many for the benefit of the few?

Where can I find interesting papers, discussions, blog posts, etc. about the disparity between benefits to personal health and population health when it comes to medical interventions and the ethical implications therein? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Nov 22, 2011 - 2 answers

I'm already itchy just typing this.

My downstairs neighbor just told me he's been finding itchy bites on his legs, which he and his doctor believe are from bedbugs. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2011 - 15 answers

What are the best strategies for getting the most out of preventative therapy?

I'm thinking about therapy for the first time, but nothing's specifically wrong. What type of therapist should I look for, and what can I do in the weeks leading up to it that would help me along the way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Keeping Dogs Off The Phobia List After A Bad Experience

A dog bit our son. How do we keep this one bad experience from turning into a lifelong fear of dogs? [more inside]
posted by scrump on Mar 10, 2011 - 36 answers

shave it off

What are your best practices for preventing tangled hair? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Feb 9, 2011 - 35 answers

How does the medical community tell us to prevent depression?

What, if any, is the current generally accepted method for preventing depression? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jan 18, 2011 - 18 answers

Preventive Medicine

Hello, I am healthy women of 58. I have no major problem and do everything I can to stay healthy. I am interested in finding someone who could help me establish a baseline while I am healthy and help me correct things that could be better. I am frustrated by the incredible amount of corrective medicine available but the lack of preventive medicine for someone my age. Any suggestion for any medicine field that may address this issue? Thank you
posted by grenouille on Jan 4, 2011 - 5 answers

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke?

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Dec 21, 2010 - 13 answers

Nip future cancer in the bud

Is there such a thing as a generic cancer screening? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Nov 10, 2010 - 13 answers

How to stop a cat invading my house?

How do I prevent repeated cat home invasions? [more inside]
posted by girlwonder on Aug 10, 2010 - 23 answers

How to pursue an ID Theft Affidavit when it involves family and the mentally unwell?

How to pursue an ID Theft Affidavit when it involves family and the mentally unwell? [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Jun 23, 2010 - 13 answers

I'm burning up inside!

[Potential TMI and NSFW Filter] I'd like some advice on preventing UTIs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2010 - 42 answers

Don't touch me!

Help me figure out how to start talking to my four year old son about what to do if he's in a dangerous situation. Not a "house on fire" danger, but a possible molestation/kidnapping/violence situation. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jun 21, 2010 - 20 answers

My husband is depressed and wants to kill himself. He refuses counseling. How can I stop him?

My husband has convinced himself that his life is worthless and the world is better off without him. How can I help a man who refuses help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2010 - 31 answers

Hive-Mind vs. Munch-Colony

Do I need a preventative termite treatment? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on May 19, 2010 - 4 answers

So how bad is the swine flu??

How blown-up out-of-proportion is the swine flu scare relative to other life-threatening infections/diseases? Is it alarming enough that I need a swine flu shot if I'm going to SE Asia in DEC09/JAN10? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Dec 7, 2009 - 29 answers

Please excise the back right side of my skull.

What are your experiences with acupuncture for migraine? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead on Dec 3, 2009 - 26 answers

How do I prevent or pre-treat various pregnancy issues?

I'm-going-to-want-a-baby-someday-filter: My mother had a ridiculous number of issues getting pregnant (inside). I'd like to do my best to prevent these issues, but realize most are inevitably genetic. I'm looking for various pieces of advice ... [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Nov 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Make our house a fortress.

Our house was broken into yesterday. I'd like to prevent this from happening again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 40 answers

Rust just isn't my colour.

Rust Prevention? What do you do to prevent rust from forming on a 1-2 year old car? [more inside]
posted by saradarlin on Nov 6, 2009 - 8 answers

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