According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 44,965 Americans commit suicide every year. If you or someone you love is at risk, using a suicide hotline for mental health support can help save a life.
Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention
There are various types of crisis service teams in place to help prevent suicides from taking place. These services can include:
- Mobile crisis team
- Suicide Hotline and Helpline
- Walk-in Clinic
- Psychiatric Emergency Services in a Hospital
- Peer-Based Crisis Service
Professional help is waiting to get you through a crisis. Using a suicide hotline when you’re feeling in danger of hurting yourself is a safe and smart option. Especially helpful when you are alone and in need of help, the person at the other end of a suicide hotline will talk, text, or chat with you online whenever you need to talk.
Help Is Available 24/7
Don’t hesitate to use a suicide hotline when you feel you need help. If you’d rather talk through messaging rather than over the phone, there are crisis counselors available throughout the country on the Suicide Prevention Lifeline Chat 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is free and confidential, providing emotional support when you are undergoing a suicidal or emotional crisis. There are more than 160 of these local crisis centers across the US. Lifeline chat is available to anyone who is feeling depressed, going through a difficult period in life, or is considering suicide.
Connect With a Suicide Hotline For Help
A confidential chat online may not be what you want or need at a particularly difficult time in your life. Perhaps you really want to speak to someone over the phone instead. Lifeline also lets you call and speak to someone over the phone for help and guidance if you’re feeling like harming yourself or someone else, or life is feeling overwhelmingly difficult:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- If you are a veteran and need Lifeline’s help, the Veterans Crisis Line is staffed by caring and qualified VA responders. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1. You can also text to 838255 to chat.
If you are a teen who is thinking about hurting yourself, please get in touch with Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline:
- 1-800-USA-KIDS (872-5437)
If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ), you may wish to contact the Trevor Lifeline or its variations:
- TrevorChat at the Trevor Project online offers help 7 days a week from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm Eastern Time (ET), or 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific Time (PT).
- TrevorText: Simply text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 any Friday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET, or 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm PT.
The Crisis Text Line is a 24/7, nationwide text-message hotline:
- Text “HOME” to 741-741
Remember that life is precious, and help is just at the other end of your phone or computer. Don’t hesitate to talk, text, or chat with any of these suicide hotlines if you are in emotional distress.