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September is Suicide Prevention Month

Medically reviewed by Akilah Reynolds, PhD — Written by Gia Miller on May 27, 2021

Suicide Prevention:

Where to Get Help Now

If you or someone you know is considering suicide or self-harm, you’re not alone. Support and guidance are available from all suicide hotlines and resources listed on this page. No matter your age, gender, background, or ethnicity, help is available right now.

  • English: 800-273-8255 or 800-TALK

  • Spanish: 888-628-9454

  • Disaster-based help: 800-985-5990

  • Text: 838255

  • TTY Users: Use preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has more than 180 local- and state-funded crisis centers throughout the United States. Their trained counselors will respect your confidentiality and listen and support you in a variety of situations, including:

  • substance use

  • economic concerns

  • relationship conflict

  • sexual identity

  • abuse

  • depression

  • mental and physical illness

  • loneliness

When you call, you’ll be asked questions about your safety, feelings, social situation, and if you have any thoughts of suicide. Their goal is to reduce your stress so that you can make decisions for yourself and your future. Additional resources

U.S. Veterans Crisis Hotline – 24/7 Website

Whether or not you’re registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA healthcare, this helpline is available for you. They serve all veterans, active service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and family and friends. You’ll speak with someone trained and experienced in handling the unique experiences that can affect your life. They can also refer you to a local group to help you find the counseling services you may need. Crisis Text Line – 24/7 Website

  • US and Canada: Text TALK to 741-741

  • UK: Text TALK to 85258

  • Ireland: Text TALK to 50808

For any emotional crisis, the Crisis Text Line allows you to contact a trained crisis counselor. Although the first two responses are automated, asking you to share your situation, you’ll usually connect with a counselor in less than 5 minutes. Your conversation may last from 15 to 45 minutes. They’ll help you sort through your feelings, help you create a safety plan, or refer you to more help if you need it. You can also message them through Facebook Messenger. Confidential measures Nothing will appear on your bill if your cellphone plan is with AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon. For other carriers, 741741 will appear on your billing statement. If you’re messaging through an app, you can have your data deleted by messaging them the word LOOFAH. Teen Line – For teens by teens Website

  • U.S.: 310-855-4673

  • U.S. and Canada: 800-852-8336

  • TEXT: TEEN to 839863

  • Download app here

Teen Line works with professional counselors and teen volunteers, and it’s for teen callers only. When you text or call them, you’ll connect with someone who’s around your age. The first thing they’ll ask is your name and age, and then what you’d like to talk about. The trained teen volunteers will listen to your concerns and support you, and they won’t judge you. They’ve helped other teens with a variety of concerns and challenges, including:

  • abuse

  • depression

  • parents divorce

  • bullying

  • anxiety

  • gangs

  • gender identity

  • homelessness

  • pregnancy

  • relationships

  • sexuality

  • violence

  • substance abuse

  • self-harm

  • suicide Many hotlines can also help you create a safety plan if you need to exit a situation where you don’t feel safe or have suicidal thoughts. You can call these support lines as many times as you need, although you might connect with different volunteers every time.

For more information please connect HERE

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