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If you're in crisis

reach out to someone you trust

Call or text The Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life. No matter what problems you're dealing with, whether or not you're thinking about suicide, if  you need to lean on someone for emotional support, reach out to them or contact the Lifeline to talk with someone right now.

Call 9-1-1

If you are thinking of hurting yourself or others, it is very important that you call

9-1-1 immediately.


If someone you know is possibly in crisis



Talking with someone about their thoughts and feelings can save their life. No matter what problems they're dealing with, whether or not they're thinking about suicide, they need to lean on someone for emotional support.

You can be that person for them.


Do They Need Your Help?

​Some warning signs may help you determine if a loved one is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling The Lifeline at


  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves

  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun

  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain

  • Talking about being a burden to others

  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs

  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly

  • Sleeping too little or too much

  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves

  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

  • Extreme mood swings

Suicide Prevention Hotline


For More Information Visit Suicide Prevention Lifeline


When talking to a person in crisis...


  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.

  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.

  • Be non-judgmental.

  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.

  • Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.

  • Take action. Remove means, like weapons or pills.

  • Get help from people or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.


  • Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad.

  • Don’t lecture on the value of life.

  • Don’t dare him or her to do it.

  • Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you and taint trust.

  • Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support and professional assistance.

  • Do not offer glib reassurance.

Suicide Prevention Hotline


For More Information Visit Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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