Tips from SAMHSA to Help Prevent Suicide

During these uncertain times we are all experiencing thoughts that we may have not had before. Some of us are having a wide range of emotions that can affect our personal well-being. There is help, there are people ready to listen. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide—whether you are in crisis or not—call or live chat the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If someone you know is experiencing a crisis please consider the following measures.
  • Call 911, if danger for self-harm seems imminent.
  • Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.
  • Listen without judging and show you care.
  • Stay with the person or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person until you can get further help.
  • Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.

About the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, confidential 24/7 phone line that connects individuals in crisis with trained counselors across the United States.

You don’t have to be suicidal or in crisis to call the Lifeline. People call to talk about lots of things: substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, illness, getting over abuse, depression mental and physical illness, and loneliness. Here’s more about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

  • You are not alone in reaching out. In 2018, more than 2.2 million people called the Lifeline.
  • The Lifeline is funded and managed by SAMHSA. The Lifeline is a network of over 150 crisis centers nationwide.
  • Calls to the Lifeline are routed to the nearest crisis center for connections to local resources for help.
  • Responders are trained counselors who have stopped over 90 percent of suicide attempts or ideation among callers.
  • Learn what happens when you call the Lifeline network.
  • Frequently asked questions about the Lifeline.
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