The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free and confidential service for those who are seeking help when they feel like there is nowhere to turn. 800-273-8255 (TALK) can be dialed toll-free from anywhere in the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained crisis center staff are available to listen to your needs and offer:

  • Crisis counseling
  • Suicide intervention
  • Mental health referral information

You are not alone. They are there to listen and to help you find your way back to a happier, healthier life. Who should call?

  • Anyone, but especially those who feel sad, hopeless, or suicidal.
  • Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one who may be experiencing these feelings.
  • Anyone interested in suicide prevention, treatment, and service referrals.

How Can You Help Someone?

If you know someone who you think may be suicidal, show that you care by:

  • Listening to the person with sincere concern for his/her feelings. Do not offer advice, but let the person know that he/she is not alone.
  • Sharing your feelings with the person. If you feel that he/she may make a reckless decision, say that you are concerned. This person needs to know that he/she is important to you and that you care.
  • Inquiring – in a straightforward and caring manner – if he/she has had suicidal thoughts or has made a suicidal plan. If you feel you cannot ask the question, find someone who can.

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself.
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means.
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person.
  • Feeling hopeless.
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge.
  • Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking.
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out.
  • Increased alcohol or drug use.
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society.
  • Feeling anxious or agitated, being unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time.
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes.
  • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life.