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GET HELP NOW

If you are having thoughts of suicide (or if you are concerned about someone), there is help available right now.

A trained counselor is ready to talk to you and provide help.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
This is a free 24-hour hotline.
(Press 1 for a dedicated line for Veterans and their families. Para español, oprima 2.)

If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

What to expect when you call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

  • You'll hear a brief message that you've reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • You'll hear music while the Lifeline directs your call to the crisis center nearest you.
  • A local crisis center counselor will answer your call and help you.
  • The counselor will offer you referrals for mental health services if needed.

If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.

 

If you are worried that someone you know is considering suicide:

The situation is an emergency and immediate action is needed if any of these signs are present:

  • in the act of hurting or killing him or herself, has a weapon or other lethal means
  • threatening to hurt or kill him or herself
  • looking for ways to hurt or kill him or herself, talking about a plan to do so
  • talking about death or suicide and is acting anxious or agitated
  • talking about death or suicide and is intoxicated or "high" on drugs

 

In an emergency (if any of the above signs are present):

  • Call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
  • Don't leave the person alone.
  • Remove all lethal means (weapons, medications, etc.) from the vicinity.
  • Take the person to a nearby Emergency Room or walk-in psychiatric crisis clinic.
  • Do not put yourself in danger; if you are concerned about your own safety, call 911.