Knowing what to do when you or a friend is in crisis can make a world of difference and maybe save lives (including your own).

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Use this helpful guide to learn what to do, what can you do, how to respond, and so much more.

Suicide hotline for myself or friend:
If you’re or someone you know is struggling, we want you to know that suicide prevention resources are available to help.  We encourage you to reach out, and talk to someone who can help.  If you know the user personally, and you believe them to be in danger, please contact their local authorities immediately.  We also encourage you to reach out to them to talk - sometimes a caring friend to let them know they have support can mean a world of difference.


International Association for Suicide Prevention  (IASP)

United States:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
1-800-799-4889 (for deaf and hard of hearing)

Veteran Crisis Line
(for active U.S. service members, veterans, and familymembers)
SMS: 838255

The Trevor Project
(for LGBT youth, friends and family members)
Crisis Text Line
SMS: Text "HERE" to 741-741

Kids Help Phone (for youth under 20)

For people over 20, find a crisis center that serves your area:

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line
1-855-242-3310 (toll-free, 24 hours)


116-123 PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide HOPELine UK
(professional suicide prevention service for children and young people, or anyone concerned about them)

weekdays from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
weekends from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Bank Holidays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
SMS: 07786-209-697

Substance Abuse:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1-800-622-4357 (English and Spanish)
1-800-487-4889 (TTY)

• Reach out to someone close to you. Family members, friends, and mental health professionals you may be already working with can be great resources. 

• Reaching out with a message as simple as “I’m struggling to cope with something and I could really use your help.  Are you available to help me right now?” lets them know you need someone to talk to.

• Incorporate self care into your daily routine.

• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline recommends some of the following activities to help ease stress.

o Take a walk outside
o Write about something that you are grateful for
o Create a playlist of music that makes you happy
o Take a day off from social media
o Take a hot shower or batho Plan an outing with a friend
o Compliment someone you love (you count, too!)

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