Get Emergency Help.
If you are in crisis or thinking about hurting yourself, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255. The Lifeline is free, confidential, and available 24 hours, seven days a week.
When you call, the Lifeline will connect you to a trained crisis worker who will listen to you, provide support, and help you get the support you need.
Helping Someone in Crisis
If you know someone who may be having suicidal thoughts, follow these steps recommended by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
- Ask them the tough question. "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"
- Keep them safe. Ask if they have thought about how they would do it and separate them from anything they could use to hurt themselves.
- Be there. Listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain.
- Help them connect to a support system. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free and confidential: (800) 273-8255
- Follow up. Check in with them on a regular basis, especially in the days and weeks after a crisis.
If you know someone who is in immediate danger, don't leave them alone and call 911.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Crisis Text Line